Emraan Hashmi is one of the most underrated actors in Bollywood. He has given a number of immensely successful films in his career, but has not got his due in the showbiz more often. However, with a massive fan following all over India and in some other parts of the world, the hot and handsome actor is a superstar in his own right. But do you know that his debut film under-performed at the box-office?
Emraan, who belongs to the prestigious Bhatt family of Bollywood, started his career in films as an assistant director. After assisting Vikram Bhatt on the 2002 horror film ‘Raaz’, he began his acting career with the crime thriller ‘Footpath’ in the year 2003. The film was produced by his uncle and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. Though ‘Footpath’ did not fare that well at the box office, Emraan came into limelight, thanks to his intense performance.
By 2004, Hashmi had become a force to reckon with. His rising popularity ensured great success at the box office. His terrific performances in films such as ‘Murder’ (2004), ‘Zeher’ (2005) and ‘Gangster’ (2006) made him a sensation. However, after being a part of some commercially successful films, he experienced a low phase in his professional career as suddenly his movies started under-performing at the ticket window. But the year 2008 marked a turning point in his career as his crime drama film ‘Jannat’, wherein he played a conman, clicked with the audience and emerged victorious at the box office. Critics and the audience appreciated his performance in the film. He subsequently appeared in various critically and financially successful movies, including the second installment of the ‘Raaz’ franchise, ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continues’ (2009), which turned out to be biggest hit film of the actor’s career. The biographical drama ‘The Dirty Picture’ (2011), wherein Emraan played a filmmaker, was also a box office winner. He then went on to appear in the psychological thriller ‘Murder 2’ (2011), the romcom ‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’ (2011), ‘Jannat 2’ (2012), and the supernatural thrillers ‘Raaz 3’ (2012) and ‘Ek Thi Daayan’ (2013).
Hashmi’s subtle performance in the underworld drama ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’ (2010) remained one of the best rated performances of his entire movie career. His performance in the political thriller ‘Shanghai’ (2012) was also well received. Last year, Hashmi was seen in two films, the biographical sports drama ‘Azhar’ and the horror thriller ‘Raaz Reboot’. Unfortunately, both films did not perform as per expectations. The actor is now looking forward to the release of ‘Baadshaho’.