Syed Emran Anwar Hashmi ( born 24 March 1979) is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi films. Initially known for performing bold scenes, Hashmi has since portrayed strong roles in films. One of the most unconventional actors of India, Hashmi has received three Filmfare Award nominations.
He worked as an assistant director for the 2002 horror film Raaz before pursuing a career in acting. By 2004, Hashmi had established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema with roles in several successful thrillers including, Murder (2004), Zeher (2005), Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005), Kalyug (2005), Aksar (2006), and Gangster (2006). However, he followed it with roles in films that underperformed at the box office before starring in the acclaimed action drama Awarapan (2007).
|Hashmi in 2014|
|Born||Syed Emran Anwar Hashmi |
24 March 1979 (age 42)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
|Spouse(s)||Parveen Shahani |
|Relatives||See Bhatt family|
Emran Hashmi Early life and background
Hashmi was born on 24 March 1979, in Bombay (present-day Mumbai). His father, Syed Anwar Hashmi, is a businessman, who also acted in the 1968 film Baharon Ki Manzil, and his mother, Maherrah Hashmi, was a homemaker. His paternal grandfather, Syed Shauqat Hashmi, migrated to Pakistan after the partition of India, while his grandmother, Meherbano Mohammad Ali (known by her screen name Purnima), was an actress, who stayed in India.
2003–2007: Debut and breakthrough
Hashmi made his acting debut in 2003, with Vikram Bhatt’s thriller Footpath. Co-starring alongside Aftab Shivdasani and Bipasha Basu, he portrayed the role of Raghu Shrivastav, a gangster. His performance in the film was appreciated by critics; Gaurav Malani described him as the “scene-stealer” and praised his mannerisms.
2008–2012: Commercial success and stardom
His only film in 2008 was Kunal Deshmukh’s Jannat, a love story set against the backdrop of match fixing. Co-starring alongside Sonal Chauhan, Javed Sheikh and Sameer Kochhar, Hashmi was cast as Arjun Dixit, a bookmaker. His performance was appreciated by critics; Taran Adarsh commented that “he actor displays the gamut of emotions with aplomb, he changes expressions like a chameleon changes colors. Jannat is yet another turning point in his career.” The film emerged as a commercial success in India, with revenues of over ₹420 million (US$5.9 million).
2013–present: Commercial setbacks and further projects
In 2013, Hashmi was first seen in Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj’s supernatural thriller Ek Thi Daayan, alongside Konkona Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi and Kalki Koechlin. Critical opinion on the film was mostly positive, and Hashmi’s performance also drew appreciation. Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV mentioned that Hashmi “gives the character of the haunted magician just that – a haunted feel that is just apt,” whilst Shubhra Gupta called his performance “consistent”, adding that he “is a performer who keeps getting better”.
Hashmi married Parveen Shahani in an Islamic wedding ceremony in December 2006 after a six and a half-year relationship. The couple have a son, Ayaan Hashmi, who was born on 3 February 2010. On 15 January 2014, Ayaan was diagnosed with first-stage cancer. Five years later, in 2019 January, Ayaan Hashmi was declared cancer free.