Syed Emraan Anwar Hashmi
born 24 March 1979) is an Indian film actor who appears in Hindi films. Through his career, Hashmi has received three Filmfare Award nominations.
He worked as an assistant director for the 2002 horror film Raaz before pursuing a career in acting. By 2004, Hashmi had established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema with roles in the successful Murder (2004), Zeher (2005), Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005), Kalyug (2005), Aksar (2006), and Gangster (2006). However, he followed it with roles in films that underperformed at the box office before starring in the acclaimed drama Awarapan (2007).
The year 2008 marked a turning point for Hashmi, when he played a conman in the crime drama Jannat. He subsequently gained recognition for portraying a range of unconventional characters in the horror film Raaz: The Mystery Continues (2009), the biographical drama The Dirty Picture (2011), the psychological thriller Murder 2 (2011), the romantic comedy Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011), the crime thriller Jannat 2 (2012), and the supernatural thrillers Raaz 3 (2012) and Ek Thi Daayan (2013), all of which earned him critical appreciation. Hashmi’s acclaimed performances in the underworld drama Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010) and the political thriller Shanghai (2012), garnered him two Best Supporting Actor nominations at Filmfare. After appearing in another series of box office flops, he starred as the titular character in the biographical sports drama Azhar and an evil spirit in the horror thriller Raaz Reboot (both 2016) – and received praise for the drama Hamari Adhuri Kahani (2015), and Baadshaho (2017)
Early life and background
Hashmi was born on 24 March 1979, in Bombay (present-day Mumbai). His father, Syed Anwar Hashmi, is a businessman, who also acted in the 1968 film Baharon Ki Manzil, and his mother, Maherrah Hashmi, was a homemaker. His paternal grandfather, Syed Shauqat Hashmi, migrated to Pakistan after the partition of India, while his grandmother, Meherbano Mohammad Ali (known by her screen name Purnima), was an actress, who stayed in India.Meherbano Mohammad Ali later married producer-director Bhagwan Dass Varma, and was the sister of Shirin Mohammad Ali, the mother of producers Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt, who are thus Hashmi’s uncles. Hashmi is the cousin of director Mohit Suri, with whom he has collaborated in several films. His other cousins are actresses Pooja Bhatt and Alia Bhatt, while another cousin is actor Rahul Bhatt. Hashmi studied at the Jamnabai Narsee School. After graduating from Jamnabai, he attended Sydenham College in Mumbai. Hashmi later earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai.
See also: Emraan Hashmi filmography
2003–2007: Debut and breakthrough
Hashmi made his acting debut in 2003, with Vikram Bhatt’s thriller Footpath. Co-starring alongside Aftab Shivdasani and Bipasha Basu, he portrayed the role of Raghu Shrivastav, a gangster. His performance in the film was appreciated by critics; Gaurav Malani described him as the “scene-stealer” and praised his mannerisms. The following year he featured in Anurag Basu’s erotic thriller Murder with Mallika Sherawat and Ashmit Patel. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama said about his performance: “Emraan Hashmi is fantastic in a role that seems tailor made for him. Enacting the role of an obsessive lover with flourish, there’s no denying that the narrative gets a major impetus thanks to Emraan’s performance.” Murder emerged as a financial success, with a domestic total of ₹250 million (US$3.5 million), becoming the ninth-highest-grossing film of the year in India.
Hashmi next starred in Anurag Basu’s romance, Tumsa Nahin Dekha, opposite Dia Mirza. While shooting the film, Basu was diagnosed with blood cancer, so producer-director Mahesh Bhatt completed it. Although the film did not succeed at the box office, his portrayal of Daksh Mittal (a young millionaire who falls in love with a bargirl) was generally well received. A review of his performance in BBC Online noted that he was “becoming fabulous with every film.” Hashmi then took a supporting role in Mohit Suri’s thriller Kalyug, alongside Kunal Khemu, Smilie Suri, Amrita Singh, Ashutosh Rana and Deepal Shaw. Based on the sex industry, the film depicted the devastating effect that non-consensual pornographic films have on the subjects. Hashmi featured as Ali Bhai, a man who runs a sex shop. His performance garnered positive reviews from critics, with Taran Adarsh writing: “Emraan Hashmi makes a brief appearance and the actor is, like always, highly competent.” Kalyug was a moderate success in India.
Hashmi’s first film in 2006 was Anant Mahadevan’s thriller Aksar with Udita Goswani and Dino Morea. The film was a profitable production, but met with negative reviews from critics. He next appeared in Anurag Basu’s romantic thriller Gangster, co-starring Kangana Ranaut and Shiney Ahuja. The film was a box-office success, grossing over ₹190 million (US$2.7 million) in India. Hashmi received positive reviews for his portrayal of an undercover detective called Aakash; Rediff.com’s Raja Sen wrote, “His character is an understated one, and Hashmi manages to keep it that way. There is no unnecessary bluster or melodrama, and he does a pretty believable job. There is something lazy about his acting, by which I mean he makes the job look easy.” For the film, Hashmi received his first Filmfare nomination for Best Performance in a Negative Role. He then acted in the crime thriller The Killer (adapted from the 2004 film Collateral) and the romance Dil Diya Hai. Both these films failed critically and commercially.
In 2007, Hashmi appeared in three films. He first starred in the comedy Good Boy Bad Boy alongside Tusshar Kapoor, Isha Sharvani and Tanushree Dutta. The film flopped at the box office and received unfavourable reviews. He then featured opposite Mrinalini Sharma and Shriya Saran in Mohit Suri’s romantic thriller Awarapan. Hashmi was cast as the protagonist Shivam, a gangster with a tragic past. Writing for the Hindustan Times, critic Khalid Mohamed described it as “intense and believable”. Subhash K Jha wrote: “… Emraan Hashmi [is] an actor who conceals more than he reveals on screen. There is an inherent pain in his personality that this film taps better than anything he has done earlier. This film marks the emergence of a major talent.” His final release of the year was the thriller The Train, which also underperformed.Only Awarapan was both a commercial and critical success becoming the best film of his career.
2008–2012: Commercial success and stardom
His only film in 2008 was Kunal Deshmukh’s Jannat, a love story set against the backdrop of match fixing. Co-starring alongside Sonal Chauhan, Javed Sheikh and Sameer Kochhar, Hashmi was cast as Arjun Dixit, a bookmaker. His performance was appreciated by critics; Taran Adarsh commented that “[t]he actor displays the gamut of emotions with aplomb, he changes expressions like a chameleon changes colors. Jannat is yet another turning point in his career.”The film emerged as a commercial success in India, with revenues of over ₹420 million (US$5.9 million).
In 2009, Hashmi appeared in Mohit Suri’s supernatural horror Raaz – The Mystery Continues, alongside Kangana Ranaut and Adhyayan Suman. The film’s domestic collection exceeded ₹340 million (US$4.8 million), and emerged as a success. Hashmi’s portrayal of a painter attracted favourable reviews; The Times of India’s Nikhat Kazmi wrote: “Emraan Hashmi is fast emerging as the Colin Farrell of Indian cinema: completely mercurial, eclectic and unpredictable. As the brooding, prescient painter, who paints death on his canvas and falls in love with one of subjects, he is suitably aggrieved, desperate and afraid.”He then starred opposite Soha Ali Khan in Kunal Deshmukh’s Tum Mile, a love story set against the backdrop of the 2005 Maharashtra floods. The film performed poorly at the box office.
The following year, Hashmi featured in Milan Luthria’s period action-drama Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai with an ensemble cast including Ajay Devgan, Randeep Hooda, Kangana Ranaut and Prachi Desai. The picture, which depicted the rise of organised crime in Mumbai, saw Hashmi play Shoaib Khan, a character inspired by real-life gangster Dawood Ibrahim. With a domestic revenue of over ₹780 million (US$11 million), Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai emerged as a hit, and received a positive critical reception. For his performance, Hashmi earned positive reviews from critics and received a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 56th Filmfare Awards. Blessy Chettiar of Daily News and Analysis described him as “top class”. Komal Nahta remarked: “This is easily Emraan’s best performance so far. If he is cute in the romantic scenes, he is believably tough in the action and dramatic scenes. His next release was Mohit Suri’s action-thriller Crook, based on the violence against Indians in Australia controversy. However, the film performed poorly and was panned by critics.
In 2011, Hashmi first appeared in Madhur Bhandarkar’s romantic comedy Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, alongside Ajay Devgan, Omi Vaidya, Shazahn Padamsee, Tisca Chopra and Shruti Hassan. The film underperformed and received mixed reviews from critics, as did Hashmi’s performance He next featured in Mohit Suri’s slasher thriller Murder 2, alongside Jacqueline Fernandez, Prashant Narayanan and Sulagna Panigrahi. The film, as well as his performance generated mixed reviews from critics. Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express wrote: “Hashmi gets to do what he does best, glowering at the men, bedding the ladies, and towards the end, going head to head with the bad guy […] he goes through the film with his usual smart one-liners containing equal amounts of bluster and fluster.” Despite this, Murder 2 was a major success; with a domestic revenue of over ₹476 million (US$6.7 million), the film emerged as a blockbuster.
Hashmi’s final film in 2011 was Milan Luthria’s biopic The Dirty Picture, featuring Vidya Balan as the controversial Indian actress Silk Smitha, alongside Naseeruddin Shah and Tusshar Kapoor. He was cast as Abraham, the narrator, who proclaims himself to be the protagonist’s biggest enemy. The film opened to critical acclaim and Hashmi’s performance was appreciated; CNN-IBN’s Rajeev Masand wrote: “Emraan Hashmi is appropriately restrained as Abraham, a director who believes in film as art, and who abhors the idea of inserting steamy numbers in his movie to lure in the crowds.” However, several critics were sceptical about his role in the film;Soumyadipta Banerjee from Daily News and Analysis considered it “out of place”. The Dirty Picture emerged as a commercial success with a worldwide revenue of over ₹1.14 billion (US$16 million).
In 2012, Hashmi appeared in Kunal Deshmukh’s crime thriller Jannat 2 with Randeep Hooda and Esha Gupta. It was initially titled “Informer”, but was later changed to the current title, making it a follow-up film to Jannat (2008). The film generated mixed reviews from critics,though it was a success at the box office. He then starred alongside Abhay Deol, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Kalki Koechlin in Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai, an adaptation of writer Vassilis Vassilikos’s novel Z and the 1969 French film of the same name. Set in a fictional town called Bharat Nagar, the political thriller traced corruption in India. The film opened to critical acclaim, and Hashmi received unanimous praise for his portrayal of Joginder Parmar, a videographer who sometimes shoots porn films. Madhureeta Mukherjee of The Times of India wrote that Hashmi “looks the part and pulls off an act he should be proud of.” Raja Sen described it as one of his best performances and wrote: “Emraan Hashmi, delivers a knockout punch as he masters a complicated role” and called it as “the year’s finest, bravest and most consistent performance.” He received his second Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 58th Filmfare Awards for his performance.
Hashmi’s next appearance was for Vikram Bhatt’s supernatural horror Raaz 3D, alongside Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta. Though a commercial success,the film and his performance received mostly negative reviews; critic Kunal Guha commented: “[Hashmi] takes his role as seriously as he could but his efforts couldn’t exorcise the devilishly terrible plot from spelling doom for this film.” Lisa Tsering of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: “The swarthy Hashmi […] does a forgettable job. His final film of the year was Shamin Desai’s delayed thriller Rush, which failed at the box office
Hashmi married Parveen Shahani in an Islamic wedding ceremony in December 2006 after a six and a half-year relationship. The couple have a son, Ayaan Hashmi, who was born on 3 February 2010.On 15 January 2014, Ayaan was diagnosed with first-stage cancer. Five years later, in 2019 January, Ayaam Hashmi is declared cancer free.
While Hashmi’s father is Muslim and his mother was Christian, Hashmi was brought up as a Muslim and says he is a “firm believer in God”.His mother, Maherrah Hashmi, died on 11 March 2016, Hashmi cancelled one day shoot of his film Azhar, when he got to know about his mother’s demise.He did not want to delay the shoot of Azhar any further and also wanted to occupy his mind with work. So, he returned to the sets the soonest he could.In 2016, Hashmi launched the auto-biographical book called “Kiss of Life”. He is the grandchild of 1950 Indian film actress Purnima