`Raja Natwarlal` not a superficial con film: Emraan Hashmi

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 19, 2014, 14:39 PM IST

New Delhi: After playing a man overpowered by witches and an amnesia patient in his last two ventures, actor Emraan Hashmi is back to playing a mischief-maker on-screen in `Raja Natwarlal`, which he says is not a superficial con film.

The 35-year-old actor has donned the role of a scamster in the Kunal Deshmukh-directed film and he says unlike other con films made in Bollywood, this movie is real and dramatic.

"I would never do a con film because I find them very superficial, but this one has a heart, a soul and emotions flowing in. There is a dramatic reason for the character to play a scamster. So, that`s what I liked," Hashmi said.

The actor, whose last couple of movies- `Ek Thi Daayan and `Ghanchakkar`- were serious thrillers, says he is happy to finally star in a full-fledged, entertaining, commercial film which he enjoys doing the most.

"It is about giving the audience the `paisa vasool` cinema. I am coming back to the basics with this commercial masala, entertainer. And my audience somehow was missing out on that for the longest time. So this is a gift to them," he said.
`Raja Natwarlal` is the fourth collaboration between Hashmi and Deshmukh- the duo have previously worked in films like `Jannat`, `Tum Mile` and `Jannat 2`. Hashmi says the reason they share a great rapport is because both he and Deshmukh have the same taste in films.

"I have known him for almost 10 years. He has grown as a director. He was an assistant director on my second film. He has come of age as director, as a technician, as a story-teller. We have a rapport, we have the same liking as far as cinema goes, and I think it will reflect in the film," Hashmi said.

The film also stars Pakistani actress Humaima Malik, Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon and will hit theatres on August 29. `Raja Natwarlal` will be Hasmi`s first release of 2014, more than a year post the release of his last venture `Ghanchakkar`.

When asked if he has been taking things slowly off-late, the actor said, "Not really, this film took this much time to make. But I have not been taking things slowly. I have been shooting for other films."

Hashmi will be next seen in Rensil D`Silva`s `Ungli`, which comes out in November. He also stars in internationally acclaimed director Danis Tanovic`s `White Lies`.

"`White Lies` is complete. It is a controversial film. We are going to make an announcement soon regarding the road-map of the film," Hashmi said.

The actor, who is currently shooting for Vikram Bhatt`s `Mr X`, was recently embroiled in a controversy with his uncle, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, after Hashmi cancelled the shooting of the thriller in order to promote `Raja Natwarlal`.

"It is unforeseen that I had to allot these dates now. I would not have done that otherwise. I am kind of promoting in the day and shooting at night for that film," Hashmi said.