Mumbai: Actor Emraan Hashmi, who has carved a niche for himself in his ten-year Bollywood career, says he is happy to get his due after having created a new genre of mainstream films in the industry.
"As an actor I was not accepted for the longest time. But it did not deter me as the audience had accepted me. I never compared myself with any other actors. I never had any game plan and took whatever came my way," Emraan told reporters.
"I think, slowly I started getting my due. I am very happy that filmmakers like Vishal Bharadwaj and Karan Johar have started approaching me."
The 34-year-old has completed close to a decade in the industry and his greatest accomplishment is that he has always tried to do different kind of films.
"During the first five years of my career I was criticised for doing similar kind of roles. I always tried to get out of my comfort zone. During these years I created a new genre of mainstream films, which this industry hadn`t seen earlier. Our mainstream films are mostly family dramas or comedies but my films have always been different from the rest," he said.
Emraan is now looking for better scripts and interesting roles to portray on screen.
"I am looking for bigger and more successful films, better scripts to work on and some interesting characters. The effort always remains that my new film outdoes my last in terms of performance and gets better box office success," he said.
"Box office is the sole reason why I do films. Sometimes I know a film might not pull the audience to the theatres and have a great collection at the box office. But I need to do these films for creative satisfaction and give something different to the audience," he added.
But at the same time, Emraan never compares his film`s success to the box office results of other films and actors.
Also, one thing that has not changed over the years is his `serial kisser` image.
"I am tired of kissing on screen. I have to do it because it is synonymous with me. Also, the producers and directors want to add that element. I don`t give it too much importance," he said.
Emraan has interesting projects lined up for release like Rajkumar Gupta`s `Ghanchakkar` opposite Vidya Balan and Karan Johar`s home production film `Unglee` and a Hollywood film for Bosnian director Danis Tanovic (his film, `No Man`s Land` won the Oscar in 2002).