Mumbai : Actor Emraan Hashmi, who plays a small-town street smart guy and has tested with his looks in his soon-to-be-released film ‘Shanghai’, says he was waiting for a makeover.
In Dibakar Banerjee’s political thriller ‘Shanghai’, Emraan is seen sporting a paunch, buck tooth and looks a bit dark in complexion.
“There were lots of test looks for this character. We wanted a transformation in terms of looks.
There was a long trial and error process. But eventually one look emerged and for that I had to gain 9 to 10 kg weight, had to go few darker shades,” Emraan told reporters here, last night at the music launch of the film.
“You haven’t seen this kind of teeth in my any other film. This is a complete makeover. And I would want to do it...I don’t know how many actors would like to look this on screen, but I found this opportunity appealing,” he said. It was the director Dibakar Banerjee, who conceived this look for Emraan.
“Dibakar has really changed and given me the kind of makeover that I wanted for a long time and through Jogi Parmar I got this opportunity. His physicality is like weird looking but he has heart of gold and is endearing, he is very rooted, relatable and people will love him. I like to believe that he has got this raw sexuality about him,” Emraan said.
The actor also clarified that his role in ‘Shanghai’ bears no resemblance to the character he played in ‘Kalyug’.
“No, this character is not similar to that in ‘Kalyug’. The character trait is not similar. This guy in ‘Shanghai’ does multi-tasking, he is a small-town journalist, model co-ordinator, shoots videos for marriages and something else also, which I can’t talk in front of children. It is a multi-tasking character and it is very much different from ‘Kalyug’,” Emraan said.
The film also features Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin and is slated for a release on June 8.