Showtime actor Emraan Hashmi says ‘wild perceptions’ are put out for Bollywood: ‘We have become a soft target’

After the success of Tiger 3, Emraan Hashmi will be seen in the web series titled Showtime with Naseeruddin Shah and Mouni Roy. He is playing a producer in the show.

Updated on Feb 23, 2024  |  01:50 PM IST |  53.4K
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Since the time actor Emraan Hashmi has been associated with the Hindi film industry, he has heard people say all kinds of things about Bollywood, be it good or bad. As the actor is gearing for the release of his web series, which allegedly is inspired by Bollywood, Emraan opined that wild perceptions are being put out for the industry. Read on!

Emraan Hashmi says Bollywood has become a soft target among other film industries

While talking to The Indian Express about his upcoming series Showtime, Emraan Hashmi shared his two cents on the criticism that Bollywood is served with sometimes. According to him, people think that everything that’s wrong in society happens in Bollywood.

He opined, “There’s a perception, especially in the last three years, which has become very skewed towards an overtly negative perception. That everything that’s wrong (in society), happens in Bollywood. Drugs, wild parties, promiscuity, and everything. I don’t know where did that suddenly come about in the last three years, but it amped up to another level.”

The Tiger 3 star further said that Bollywood has become more of a soft target. “Wild perceptions are being put out there and even more so now on social media. That’s far from true. People just like to bash this industry,” he quipped. Addressing the issue of nepotism that often surrounds the industry, the Selfiee actor said that there are enough outsiders who have a success story than the kids of acclaimed Bollywood stars. Moreover, it’s an industry where both outsiders and insiders coexist.


Calling Bollywood a very secular industry, he said it’s a place where people from all walks of life, of all castes, ideologies, and languages. They all come together for the sole purpose of entertaining the audience, which, according to him, is beautiful. He continued, “But sometimes people get the platform to talk about it, and the spotlight on them gives them this bit of fame, and that’s why they like to do it. There’s no other industry where they’ll critique it and get that level of fame for themselves. So, this industry is a soft target that way.”

Emraan Hashmi recalls Mahesh Bhatt's advice after his son was diagnosed with cancer

While talking to Radio Nasha, the actor spoke about his son’s cancer diagnosis and how he and his family strongly fought through it. “My family and I had the resilience to just get through that phase. You don’t feel the best because you don’t know what the future entails but there is a survival spirit that leads you. I had to push through. There is also a professional need which was very difficult to manage. After all, this is real world,” Emraan opened up.

He further added that at that time, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who is according to him is a realist and also his guru, gave him a piece of advice. The Showtime actor shared that Bhatt Sahab knows how people think. “The industry is very realistic. They feel for you, they will help you but there is also this situation that people have put their money on you. So, Bhatt Sahab told me that you have to call every producer that you are working with and assure them that you will complete their films. This was two weeks into my son’s illness. He told me that they will be with you but they will also think of their investment, which is fair or unfair I don’t know but that’s how the world is,” Hashmi concluded.

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