When asked what do you mean when you say that Raja Natwarlal is a family film with kisses? The actor said, I called it that because we had group screenings for the film in five cities, we got some great feedback. These were groups of women in the 20-50 age group, which means that there was a fair number of college students and working women. After watching the film, they were like, ‘Oh, this is first Emraan Hashmi film that we wouldn’t mind watching with the family; we wouldn’t be ashamed to watch it.’ It’s a U/A certificate film and importantly, it will change the way you look at com films or thrillers. This film will get another audience because women can also watch it. It has an emotional context, a romantic angle. I call it a rom-com film.

Talking about his Pakistani co-star, Humaima Mallick’s recent comment that kissing scenes from the film would be edited out in Pakistan, he said “Yes, those 4-5 scenes will be cut because Pakistan is conservative and it has its own set of rules. The first big release there was my film, Awaarapan, and it opened the doors to Pakistan for a lot of Hindi films. Jannat had released there as well, so Pakistan clearly loves Bollywood films. But yes, our films have to follow certain rules.”

When asked you are among the finest actors that we have. Do you think that your talent doesn’t get highlighted enough because of the kind of films you are doing and due to the kind of the questions that you are, more often than not, asked? The actor replies “Well, calling me a good actor in the headline will not get you eyeballs but calling me a good kisser certainly seems to do so. Fortunately or unfortunately, in our country, kisses have that kind of value attached to them and it still amuses me. In fact, it has amused me right since the Murder days. Talk about kissing and everyone has a smile playing on his or her face. Go to a small town and ask about kissing, you will see how they turn red in their faces. I was the guy who kissed and didn’t really give two hoots about it. Then again, when you do a film like Murder, you cannot expect to it to be along the lines of a Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.

Talking about why he does not attend too many Bollywood parties he said “They are the most boring thing ever. I do what I like to do and that keeps my sanity alive. When I pack up from a film set, I hang out with my friends who are not from the industry. I don’t like to talk about films then.”

When asked whether his twitter scuffle with Uncle Mahesh Bhatt was a real fight or just a publicity stunt, the actor said “It was not a publicity stunt. Bhatt Sahab is a bit of a weird personality and I don’t blame people for thinking a certain way; I would have probably thought the same. This started three weeks ago; this fight happened because I upset the schedule of their film, Mr X, in order to make time for Raja Natwarlal’s promotions. Mr X is a 3D film and the foreign crew is scheduled to go back soon, so I need to finish shooting within a certain period of time or the film will go for a toss. I am shooting 19 hours a day and then promoting Raja Natwarlal. These days, promoting a film is more important than shooting for it. On his part, Bhatt sahab was voicing his concern because I was trying to convince Vikram Bhatt to make some adjustments in the film’s schedule. The weird thing is that he didn’t contact me and chose to vent it out on twitter. As you can see, our family does wash dirty linen in public. I have still not spoken to him about this fight. I will do so when I meet him on the sets on the last day of Mr X’s shoot.”

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