Birthday boy Emraan Hashmi's a busy man

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By Hindustan Times

This is perhaps the busiest year for Emraan Hashmi. Jannat 2 opens in the theatres on May 4, followed by Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai (June 8) and Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz 3 (August 31). Percept Picture’s Raftaar, which was re-titled Play and now is called Rush, is also finally complete, after a gruelling schedule.

“We wrapped up the 10-day schedule in five. Even though it’s been delayed, Rush is a special film and I reckon it should be out later this year,” says Emraan, who will start Ghanchakkar around August-September, Vishal Bharadwaj and Ekta Kapoor’s Daayan mid-year and Murder 3 towards the year end.

There’s also talk of a Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor co-production to be directed by Rensil D’Silva and a Yash Raj Film with Parmeet Sethi.

“Till a film is signed, sealed and delivered, I don’t like speaking about it,” Emraan smiles, when you bring up these two films, but he says that he has lots of other exciting films already on his plate.

“Jannat 2 will open another can of worms, Shanghai is a kind of metamorphosis that heroes wouldn’t normally risk and Rajkumar Gupta had the whole room laughing during a three-hour narration of Ghanchakkar,” he reminisces. “Daayan is a brilliant script and gives the supernatural thriller a paradigm shift that makes it a film impossible to box. Murder is a surreal franchise and we plan to take your darkest fears to the next level in part 3.”

He had plans of turning producer by the end of this year but Emraan says that while he’s keen to expand his job profile, right now it’s too much stress. “There are so many releases and so many films coming up that it’s impossible to branch out now. Maybe in two years, I will be able to live this dream too.”

Meanwhile Emraan turns 33 today and after a lot of wheeling-dealing has managed to get the day off to spend with wife Parveen and two-year-old son Ayyan at a farmhouse in Karjat. “Tomorrow, it will be work as usual,” he smiles.

Who’s busy, who’s not
Akshay Kumar has seven projects — Housefull 2, Rowdy Rathore, Special Chhabis, Khiladi 786, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2 and Joker, as well as his own production Oh My God.

Emraan Hashmi also has seven films in hand — Jannat 2, Shanghai, Rush, Raaz 3, Murder 3, Dayaan, Ghanchakkar.

Hrithik Roshan is so far the least busy star with only his home production Krissh 3 to shoot. He may take on another project soon, though.