Emraan said he initially thought Tanovic would be a difficult director but found the helmer easy to work with.
“I thought he would be a tough taskmaster who would control things to the point where it would be suffocating for an actor but he was the easiest director that I have worked with. He gave me so much room to have my own interpretation of the character. He let me find my own way by just giving me my space. It was a huge learning experience,” said the director.
The actor, who has four-year-old son Ayaan, says he could empathise with the story as a father.
“The issue in ‘Tigers’ is important because it talks about how infant formula milk is not good for babies. We connected to the story on a personal level. It was an eye-opener for me that despite being an educated person, I did not know about it,” he said.
Hashmi says he will continue experimenting with his future choices as he does not like to follow rules.
“No one wants to change in our cinema but I don’t confirm.
I don’t live my life like a star which comes with different set of norms and rules. I just try and find my own way,” he said.
Hashmi lauded film’s producers — Prashita Chaudhary of Cinemorphic and Guneet Monga of Sikhya Entertainment — for taking on the project when European producers were hesitant to put their money behind it fearing lawsuits.
“There are rule breakers in the film industry but their number is less. Prashita and Guneet are among those. They supported the film when European producers backed out,” he said.
The actor will now be seen in ‘Mr X’, a dark, sci-fi superhero film and then ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahaani’ with Vidya Balan, which he will begin shooting next month.
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