Stupidity goes a long way in Bollywood, being smart is difficult says this Actor

Mumbai: Loosing the ‘Kisser’ tag in Bollywood was not an easy task for Emraan Hashmi who shot to fame with his bold stints in movies.

Speaking of the current trend where ‘stupidity’ is dominating the industry , Emraan Hashmi says it has now become harder for actors to be smart as producers are now willing to take chances and risks for such hilariouos scripts which was not the case when he had started in the mid-2000’s, News18 reports.

“It is difficult being a smart actor in Bollywood. Stupidity goes a long way here. The audience is smart but not too many producers and directors take that (risk) and understand that. Now at least we have the new blood coming up with new stuff,” Emraan told PTI.

“Back then, it was just about making escapist films with a star, do what a star is supposed to do and get bums on seats. Right now, the audience wants to see more than that,” he added.

Though initially known for his bold kissing scenes, the actor had eventually shed the “serial kisser” tag with films such as Shanghai, Ghanchakkar and Ek Thi Daayan among many others.

“Initially you can’t voice your concerns because scripts choose you rather than you choosing scripts. When one thing works, they just stretch that to make them work again and again.

“Producers see it as safety net, a cash register. Where the audience is expected not to ask questions. Then I met filmmakers and producers who wanted to challenge me as an actor,” he recalls.

“Because of the influence of the web, the audience knows what they’re missing out on here. They want lap up any mediocre content. Right now a handful of actors are doing a variety of things.

“The audience doesn’t want to see a star-driven vehicle. They want to see another dimension of you, not you wearing the same urban clothes in a foreign location with 50 background dancers,” he said.