Emraan Hashmi wants to be a mass-actor

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By Hindustan Times

Riding high on the success of his recent films such as The Dirty Picture, Murder 2 and the recently-released Jannat 2, actor Emraan Hashmi insists that rather than being called as an 'A' list actor, he wants to be a strong mass actor.

In the recent past, Emraan has delivered several hits like Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Murder 2, The Dirty Picture, Jannat 2 and with films with Karan Johar (untitled film), Vishal Bhardwaj (Ek Thi Daayan), Rajkumar Gupta's (Ghanchakkar) the actor is surely on a roll.

When asked after delivering several hit movies, if he is now moving to the category of A-list of actors, Emraan says, "I never really wanted to slot myself that way. I have always done films that I have believed in. I would rather not belong to a particular list and do films that I did, probably four-five years back, I want to do risky films, I don't want to get safer. I want to try on risky films and make them successful."

He added that according to the trade pundits he ranked second only to Salman Khan in terms of mass appeal.

"When I started with films, my intention was making the audience happy. As it is that common man who will make my film hit, their verdict is important to me. I always go to single screen theatres to see their reaction and that is my reward. I always wanted to be a strong mass actor. I am happy that whatever movies I got to do with Vishesh Films, all have been good and fit in it well," Emraan said.

Produced by Mukesh Bhatt, Jannat 2 released last Friday, is doing good business at the box office. As per trade analysts, Jannat 2 raked in Rs. 24.03 crore in its opening weekend.