Kolkata: Actor Emraan Hashmi who drew plaudits for his role in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, says that the risks he took in his career have finally paid off.

"I always wanted to play versatile characters, it's just that I got slotted. I was only taking up films that were offered to me," Emraan said on the sidelines of a promotional event for his forthcoming film Ghanchakkar.

"Turning point in my career came when Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai happened. People started to notice that I can do other films beyond the typical noir cinema of 2009. Things really changed," said Emraan.

After a spate of films like Murder and Gangster that earned him the title of Bollywood's serial kisser, Hashmi received critical acclaim for portraying a variety of characters in movies like Awarapan (2007), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), The Dirty Picture (2011) and Shanghai (2012).

Foraying into comedy with the forthcoming movie Ghanchakkar, which releases June 28, Emraan was last seen in the unconventional flick Ek Thi Daayan.

Calling it a rebirth in his career post-2009, the actor admitted that breaking through stereotypes in films like The Dirty Picture and Ek Thi Daayan, have brought him success.

"There was almost a rebirth of my career after 2009 and I got to do the work I really wanted to do. In any decision, you have to be slightly cautious but you have to take risks. Because in my career, risks have already paid off," he added.


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