For a change Emraan Hashmi is not making news for a smooching scene from his film but for the robust look he will be sporting for the character of a young underworld don from 70s for Milan Lutharia’s film Once Upon A Time in Mumbai.
A source close to the production house said, "Emraan's uncles, Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt, were not in favour of him doing Ekta's film as they feared that he might end up playing second fiddle to an established actor like Ajay Devgan. However, Emraan loved the script and was very confident about his role. The film's story revolves around how Haji Mastan passes the mantle to a young and emerging don Dawood. Nevertheless, in order to ensure that everything that was promised to him will be delivered, he laid down a condition in the contract saying that he should be given equal prominence as Ajay Devgan in terms of footage and publicity."
Confirming the news about the contract, Emraan Hashmi says, "Well, it's true. The film is based on the shift of power from Ajay Devgan to me. Obviously, I don't do films for the love of anyone or to be just another name in the credits. It is the central character besides Ajay's character in the film."
Emraan says, “Yes, I am mounting a new look for this movie as stipulated by Milan because the movie is set in early 70’s and the character what am playing has not only to be sturdy but also robust and look healthy. He adds that am very excited about this gym whim as I am not at all a physique freak. I love to be simple and not work out routinely but as per my comfort. But Milan has given me only 2 months to get the mandatory look as the movie is programmed to start somewhere in June.”
Emraan is very solemn and stanch to all his characters as to what the script demands. It’s been proved from the fact that he had learned painting for Raaz the Mystery Continues and will now encompass this erudition in his new flick “ Tum Mile ” by Kunal Deshmukh. In "Tum Miley", Emran's newly-discovered painting skills will go a lot further. Emraan will actually paint to look convincing on screen. "This time I actually paint. In 'Raaz', I wasn't really able to do much of that. All the paintings were done beforehand and I didn't get a chance to paint on screen apart from a few strokes," Emraan told us.
Emraan says he now seriously intends to pursue his painting. "I'm shown to be a far more intricate painter, doing not just brush painting but also charcoal, etc. Here I can't fake it. I'm using all the skills that I learnt as a painter in 'Raaz' for 'Tum Miley',” My character in 'Tum Miley' is helping me do that. It's my first intense love story," the actor explained
The film is based on the deluge in Mumbai on July 26, 2005. All the scenes depicting the coming together of the leading lady and him during the deluge were shot in one go on a studio set. Asked if there were any kissing scenes in the film, he said: "It's my first film with Soha Ali Khan. Do I kiss her? Let that be a secret. I consciously moved away from the serial kisser's image in 'Raaz 2'. I don't want to be known for something so frivolous. I want to move on."