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'My wife loved Awarapan but hated The Train'

After many a liplock with a bevy of beauties onscreen, Emraan Hashmi won the moniker of Bollywood's notorious serial kisser. But he is unfazed by any image people may have of him.

"I don't know why it gathers so much news when I kiss," he says. "It's not even at the back of my mind."

Last year may have been uneventful for Hashmi but the actor promises a good 2008. He talks to Swati R Chaudhary about his upcoming film, Jannat, Raaz 2 and his future plans.

Your upcoming film, Jannat, delves into the cricketing world of match fixing and betting...

Jannat is a love story set against the backdrop of cricket. We wanted to make a film on sports. There are no positive or negative characters in the film. They are all real characters.

We stumbled upon this idea of the protagonist playing a bookie. He is someone who has big aspirations and wants to make a quick buck and is willing to go to any extent for that. He starts off as a small-time gambler, an avid cricket lover and eventually gets involved in the betting nexus.

I play this crazy bloke, who wants to give his woman everything.

Apparently, Jannat bears references to real-life incidences like Bob Woolmer's mysterious death, the Azhar-Jadeja match fixing episode etc...

I don't follow cricket. But [director] Kunal Deshmukh is very passionate about the game. He has been following the sport right from his college days. That's how the idea of Jannat originated. Moreover, I was very intrigued by Tehelka's book on cricket.

Jannat doesn't deal with any particular person. People might find similarities but there are none whatsoever. It's entirely up to the viewer's discretion.

The film is about a sport the nation loves. We don't want to malign any cricketing icons or show anyone in bad light.


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