'My films make more money'

Last Updated 31 October 2012, 12:46 IST

Emraan Hashmi’s film ‘Rush’, which hit the screens on October 26, might have met with a lukewarm response. But the actor admits that this will always be a special film for him.

He says that the movie is much more satisfying than his other hit films as he managed to fulfill the wish of its original director — Shamin Desai — who died earlier this year.

“A journalist sent me an SMS saying only 20 people are sitting in the hall for your film. So, I replied, ‘I feel more victorious in this film (‘Rush’) than even a Rs 100-crore film because I fulfilled a dying man’s last wish’,” the 33-year-old says.

Shamin Desai, the original director of ‘Rush’, died in January 2011 after announcing his maiden directorial venture in 2010 — originally titled Raftaar 24x7.

Later, his wife Priyanka Desai re-announced the film in October 2011 and titled it ‘Rush’. Emraan says ‘Rush’, in which he plays a crime journalist, is a mission accomplished for him.

“Shamin — a friend and a colleague whose film could not be completed for almost three years — and a production company that was in the doldrums.

(This was) the only way to kind of salvage this and give to his wife and family and give him his due.
He had worked so hard on the film and I wanted to release it. For me, it’s mission accomplished,” he adds.

For Emraan, it’s been a successful year at the box office, with movies like Jannat 2, ‘Shanghai’ and Raaz 3.

Talking about the dynamics of the business, Emraan explains that technically his films have proved to be bigger money spinners than other Rs 100-crore films.

“A film making Rs 100 crore doesn’t mean anything if it has been made with Rs 80 crores — you just make Rs 20 crores profit.

But when you have a film like Raaz 3, which is made for Rs 10 crores and it clocks in close to Rs 100 crores, then that is much more,” Emraan says.

“So, people don’t see the business side of it! They only know the figure — Rs 100 crore. But then it doesn’t mean anything.

It’s always in relation to how much money you put in the film. Technically, I think my films have made more money than other Rs 100-crore films,” he adds.

Emraan’s forthcoming films include Ghanchakkar, Ek Thi Daayan’ and Unglee.

(Published 31 October 2012, 12:46 IST)

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