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Mumbai, Feb 14: Emraan Hashmi moves out of the Bhatt fold temporarily for a film that brings Hollywood's Warner Bros to Indian shores for the second time. Their first project in Hindi is Nikhil Advani's Chandni Chowk To China.
The second venture sees Warner tying up with Tandav films, of Khosla Ka Ghosla, for a study of intimate human relationships set in Delhi. And Emraan Hashmi gets a total makeover of look image and personality for the part. Finally, after playing the serial kisser in a series of Bhatt films, Emraan is ready to play a fully mature married man with kids.
And the producers, not convinced that Emraan could carry off the mellow mature look, are giving him a complete makeover. Emraan admits sheepishly that he is going into a totally different zone this time. He also admits that his attempts to go beyond the Bhatt family fold haven't been so successful. "I did The Train which wasn't by the Bhatts and where I played a married man. So, it isn't as if I haven't played a married man with a family before. I agree such attempts haven't been so successful for me. Films where I've a streak of mystery and mischief are more liked. I haven't been appreciated in my mature roles like Awaarapan. With my new film I hope to rectify that. When writer Jaideep Sahni narrated it to me I immediately wanted to do it. It takes me into areas and emotions I haven't covered before."
The untitled film being produced by Savita Raj of Tandav Filmswho produced last year's sleeper hit Khosla Ka Ghosla, also finds the writer Jaideep Sahni moving out of his comfort zone. Jaideep who wrote the two inspirational films Chak De India and Aaja Nachle for Yashraj Films is looking forward to the challenge of writing a film that takes him into a different zone. "This is a commitment from the time I did Khosla Ka Ghosla for Tandav Films. They took two stories from me. This is the second one," says Sahni.
Emraan Hashmi will be spending this summer in Delhi shooting this very unusual film directed by Joy Augustine who made his directorial debut with AB Corp Ltd's Tere Mere Sapne and has just completed a film based on the Mumbai train blasts for Sunil Shetty's Popcorn Entertainment.