`Shanghai` to be turning point in my career: Emraan

Mumbai: Actor Emraan Hashmi, better known for his romantic and Casanova roles, says his next movie `Shanghai` would be a turning point in his career and set a new benchmark for the film industry.

In the Dibakar Banerjee-directed political thriller, Emraan is seen sporting a paunch, buck teeth and a darker complexion. It was the director who conceived this look for Emraan.

"It is one of the most interesting characters that I have played in my career. Whatever was required for the character I did. Dibakar wanted me to look a certain way. I won`t say it is ugly, it would be unfair to say that. `Jogi` (Emraan`s character) probably is attractive for some women," Emraan told reporters.

"But after playing so many cool guys who have lured everyone, this was a good change as you can`t do the same thing again and again, so I tried something new," he said.

Also, Emraan had to gain nine to ten kgs and go a few shades darker.

"I would like to do more films like `Shanghai`. It is a turning point for our industry. Such films were perceivably niche six-seven years back, with a lot of things being pushed ahead to go into commercial zone," he said.

In `Shanghai` Emraan will be shedding his `serial kisser` image as he does not have any lip lock scene in the movie.

"There is a kissing scene in the film. But there is no such scene between Kalki and me. I was very happy... I don`t have to indulge in it," Emraan said.

Set to release on June 8, `Shanghai` revolves around the greed and corruption of politicians and boasts of an ensemble cast comprising Kalki Koechlin, Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi and Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee.