"Indian cinema begins and ends with his name."
Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi has opened up about the inspiration he takes from veteran film star Amitabh Bachchan.
Hashmi and Bachchan are currently working on the film Chehre together, which is due for release sometime in 2021.
Amitabh Bachchan assumes the role of a lawyer in the film, and Emraan Hashmi plays a businessman.
The mystery drama offered Emraan Hashmi a rare opportunity to work with Amitabh Bachchan.
Now, Hashmi has spoken out about his admiration for the actor, and how Bachchan’s passion for cinema inspires him.
Speaking of how Amitabh Bachchan drives him to succeed, Hashmi said:
“The man is a megastar with four decades of relentless work behind him.
“Indian cinema begins and ends with his name.
“In my formative years, I looked up to him. On set, he would be sitting next to me, unaware of how he has shaped my worldview.”
Emraan Hashmi also went on to praise 78-year-old Bachchan’s continuous commitment to the film industry. He said:
“I have ambition, but I don’t know whether it will be enhanced, or fade away after 35 years.
“I aspire to have his drive.
“I remember we were stuck in a blizzard in Slovakia, and he didn’t go back to his car for five hours, instead of shooting with us.
“He reminds you that nothing should be taken for granted.”
The Bollywood industry has taken a hit since 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
However, according to Emraan Hashmi, the time has allowed him to reflect on his own 20-year career.
He also revealed that he has been thinking hard about his choice of projects. Hashmi said:
“Four years ago, I was doing films at a higher frequency.
“But I don’t want to be offered similar scripts. It takes time for fresh [stories] to come your way.”
Hashmi has just wrapped up shooting for the action crime film Mumbai Saga. He has also appeared in the spy thriller web series Bard of Blood.
Speaking of Bard of Blood’s second season, Hashmi said:
“It’s easy to adapt a book, but tricker to extend it beyond the pages.
“There was a lot of writing, and tearing of pages.
“At the moment, it’s not happening. But Netflix and Red Chillies are the best people to crack the idea and take it further.”
Emraan Hashmi is also due to work on both Harami and the third instalment of Tiger.