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‘Now I want to do more biopics': Emraan Hashmi, on his ‘Azhar’ experience

Emraan Hashmi plays the role of legendary cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin in the upcoming biopic Azhar. The 37-year-old actor has trained extensively to get Azharuddin’s signature moves right, with none other than the former Indian skipper, for his part in the movie.

Some of the cricketer’s traits and quirks stayed with Emraan for a long time even after the film was done.

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“Some of his mannerisms lingered on to my next film Raaz 4. I did face slight problem while shooting for my next and my director would keep telling me – ‘Please get out of Azhar right now’. I had copied his style for so long. The small things he does like he shakes his head, his gait, walking like him with one shoulder up, head tilted on one side. I would constantly do that on the sets and it consciously became part of my style when I was playing the other character. It took me some time to get out of Azhar,” laughs Emraan, in an chat with Firstpost.

“But,” he continues, “It is not focussed in the film. Probably you won’t see that in the film as we didn’t want to take your attention to small specific things. There were other things that I had to imbibe like the way he eats. Azhar bhai has a very peculiar way of eating with his fork and spoon. We took videos when we would go out for dinner together to record the way he is eating.”

However, Emraan is surprised that Azharuddin, who is a guarded person and doesn’t open up easily, shared quite a bit from his life with him. “Obviously, he opened up to us because the film was being made on his life but I wasn’t expecting that. I had heard about Azhar bhai that he doesn’t share too many things but he opened up quite a bit and we were quite happy with the kind of stuff we got from him. To make this a personal journey I had to get stories, moments and experiences of him that is not just media stories you have read about. I had to spend time with him and get all of this first hand,” says Emraan.

He also admitted that shooting for the biopic was a very satisfying and fulfilling journey.

Ranveer Singh bares it all and opens up about his experience with casting couch

The film industry is often thought to be sexist towards women, constantly idealising their bodies and specific parts in general and dissing their brains. Stories about the ‘casting couch’ (promise of film offers/career growth for sex) have done their fair share of rounds in the media. However, we often work under the assumption that it is only women who are faced with the ‘casting couch’. In a candid interview for NDTV, Ranveer Singh opened up about his own experiences with the film industry evil.

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Ranveer Singh recalled how he met with a “sleazy gentleman” in the Andheri suburbs of Mumbai on the pretext that the person in question would go through his portfolio. Ranveer spoke of how it was apparent that he was not interested in the portfolio. “He didn’t even look at it,” said Ranveer. He told Ranveer that to succeed one must be “smart and sexy and be able to take and touch” and said, “Jo smart hai aur sexy hai woh aage nikal jaata hai (the one who is smart and sexy will move forward)”

Ranveer said that he said, “Kal main tumhe yeh office mein bhejunga, woh office mein bhejunga, tab tum kahoge take and touch (tomorrow I will send you to various offices and you will come and say, here take and touch). It was not enough for Ranveer to say no, when the person in question tried to negotiate and asked to touch it (penis), even if Ranveer did not want to do anything and then said if he could at least show it.

Ranveer mentioned how this is not a unique thing that happened to him and the ‘casting couch’ is a problem faced by many male struggling actors and not just an issue specific to women.