Birthday special: Emraan Hashmi – more than just a serial-kisser!

The actor’s claim to fame in B-town was once just his innumerable pappis. But now he’s gone on to become more than just that…

Emraan Hashmi was born on March 24, 1979 to Anwar Hashmi and Maherahh Hashmi in Mumbai. Emmi, who is nephew to Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt, found an entry into B-town through Vikram Bhatt camp’s movie Footpath (2003).

Initially all Emraan’s movies – Murder (2004), Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005), Gangster (2006), The Train (2007) – featured at least one juicy smooch. And that was what got most noticed and earned him the tag of a ‘serial-kisser’. Gradually, Hashmi’s image began changing. Perhaps from the time when he refused to a full-throttle kiss in his movie Jannat (2008), owing to problems with wife Parveen Sahani, who was allegedly frowning at his smooch-fests. So there was just a tiny peck on the lips in that one.

While wifey did play a role in deviating Emraan from the famous tag, Hashmi too realised that people need to notice more than just his kissing. But did the no-kiss strategy do the trick, or did Emraan’s acting actually improve? Well, it was a bit of both, wethinks.

Then came along movies like Shanghai, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010), Raaz – The Mystery Continues (2009), The Dirty Picture ( 2011) that highlighted the actor’s prowess. So, Emraan Hashmi could act – critics realised – and fairly well, at that. Of course, the kisses were back. Mostly because a tastefully done pappi now does make its way into any good film, thanks to ‘realism’.

So on this birthday, we congratulate Emraan for making a successful journey from being a serial-kisser to a credible actor. And also to wish him all the best for his upcoming film Ek Thi Daayan – looks promising, doesn’t it?

Happy birthday, Emraan Hashmi. Mwuah!