New Delhi: Chocolate-boy actor Emraan Hashmi who has essayed several dark characters in Bollywood says that everybody has a villainous shade and accepts that it makes life better.

"All of us have a dark side to us but we just try and shy away from talking about it. I am not ashamed of my own dark side and am very comfortable with it," Hashmi said.

The actor was in the national capital to witness staging of the Mahesh Bhatt-produced play "The Last Salute", based on the book and life of Iraqi scribe, Muntadhar Al-Zaidi who hurled his footwear at US President George W Bush.

Emraan Hashmi, who has previously been cast in negative roles in "Murder", "Gangster", "Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai" among other films is now awaiting this week's release "Murder 2", an erotic thriller that tries to explore the other side of human nature and where he plays yet another dark
character.

"Life is not all goody-goody, realistic situations have shades of darkness and it is important to be portrayed.

“In the new film, I am playing a cop who gets involved in serious problems due to a girl who comes into his life," says the bad boy of Bollywood. The actor, who is in his early 30s came to gain the tag of a serial kisser for his lip-lock scenes in his films has attempted to play characters with dark shades. In "Once upon a time in Mumbaai" Hashmi plays an underworld don.
   
Hashmi essays a gangster's role in the 2006 released flick "Gangster" said to be based on the life of real life mobster Abu Salem and former actress Monica Bedi.

The actor for whom all stage is film, says he likes to be surprised by the content and art of theatre.

"I am not a trained theatre person but I would love to see the play and be surprised," says Hashmi who was among the audience of Mahesh Bhatt's play staged here last evening.

The play was first shown in the national capital in April with Iraqi scribe Zaidi among the audience. Since then the play has been staged across the country including Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Ranchi and Patna.

Meanwhile, Hashmi's next "A Dirty Picture" inspired by the life of late south Indian actress Silk Smitha is being filmed and is slated for release this November.

(Agencies)