Emraan Hashmi has finally got a chance to work in a genre he has always loved -- horror. His new film, Raaz - The Mystery Continues, is full-on horror, co-starring Kangana Ranaut and Adhyayan Suman. The film is directed by Emraan's cousin, Mohit Suri (of Zeher, Woh Lamhe and Kalyug fame)
He talks to Nithya Ramani about the film, and why he thinks the Bhatts exploit him.
What is Raaz - The Mystery Continues about?
It is a sequel, in a way. The same production house made the original Raaz six years ago. It was a horror film, and a big hit. We wanted to make a new kind of horror -- something people haven't seen before. So we thought we will take the brand ahead and call it Raaz - The Mystery Continues.
We have never seen a mainstream, big budget horror film (in India). We have tried to build the film around fear and how it can scare people in Mumbai, where there is not much superstition. People in cities don't believe in ghosts. We have heard such stories only in rural areas.
So we developed this idea, and came up with Raaz. Also, what is important in a horror film, and which this film has, is a story with human drama.
Tell us about your role.
I play a painter, who believes in ghosts. He is fine-tuned to the world of the supernatural, and is a medium. He carries messages from people to the supernatural world and vice versa.
In order to make this visually appealing, we made this man an artist.
He happens to paint a particular girl, who is a model. He believes that something really bad is going to happen to her.
Do you believe in the supernatural?
I have known many people who have lost their loved ones and have tried to make contact with them. The kind of responses they've got is very difficult to explain. So there must be some kind of reality in this.
I personally cannot say much on this, as I have not met these people. We have spoken to a few people as part of the research and have learnt that there is some truth in what they know.
Did you ever want to make contact with the supernatural?
Yes, at one point in time when I lost a dear friend. I tried to make contact with him and when you can't see something or someone and things happen, you can't negate it.
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