Sharib Hashmi: Today, a hero’s friend isn’t a cliched role

He is a smart cop, even laid back and his life revolves mostly around Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee). Also there are dozens of streaming channels. I have no professional training. (Photo: Sharib Hashmi/Instagram)
Sharib Hashmi is overwhelmed by the success of The Family Man (Amazon Prime Video) and Asur (Voot Select). That was such a huge thing. I even cooked for the first time in life and that aaloo ki sabzi turned out to be delicious. Then, I have written and produced Ramsingh Charlie with Nitin Kakkar, who directed Filmistaan. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. I am doing household chores. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Only the best sells on web. I always wanted to enter the web world. On memories of Jab Tak Hai Jaan
JTHJ was a dream come true. What matters is what’s their contribution (to the scene or story). For films, you have bought the ticket so you’ll definitely sit through the entire 3 hours. View this post on Instagram

DJ: What’s so good about this pic? I was shocked. Also read: Amol Parashar: Characters you play leave their shades inside you
Then I have a film lined up post lockdown titled Darbaan. @vootselect @thisishowweding @sen_oni @creativegaurav @bhattacharya.sayak @tansworld @dipika_b @vibhukashyap @iamshashishekhar @maita_abhishek @thatarisam @hitesh.jadhwani @thearpitadey…. But Danny Boyle auditioned me even for that. Cinema won’t die. And when that happens, people will rush to the theaters. It stars Sharad Kelkar, Flora Saini and Rasika Dugal. On web taking over cinema in future
The approach of an actor never changes, be it any medium. When I reached the set, I saw he had added that particular line to the script. Kyunki hamesha “Dark Side” dikhana zaroori nahin 😀 #SmilePlease and watch #Asur_WelcomeToTheDarkSide #dhananjayrajput #lolarkdubey. On my first day, I was rehearsing this scene where I am sleeping and Shah Rukh Khan wakes me up by pulling the sheet. It also stars Shreya, Amol Parashar and Sunny Hinduja. It’s all possible now because people are ready to give chance to new and unconventional faces. I am actually a family man in Asur (laughs). Today, a hero’s friend isn’t a cliched role. On memories of Slumdog Millionaire
I had just one scene in Slumdog Millionaire. I improvised a line during the audition and when I told him its meaning, he laughed a lot. That time, I was already married and had a child. If I had thought of becoming an actor 10 years back, I could have never got to play a lead in a film like Darbaan or Phullu. Filmistaan is my proudest work so far. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


Sharib Hashmi On choosing between his two cop characters – Talpade and Lolark
I loved playing both. After the first rehersal with assistant Akshat Kapil, I covered myself again and this time SRK himself pulled the sheet and introduced himself to me. It’s a very exciting script and the story goes on a different tangent with a new mission. Lolark (Asur) is more dedicated. If it was a Hindi film, they would have called one of the ADs or some junior artiste to do the part. The freedom to choose makes the competition on web very tough. He has a family life and there’s an emotional connect. Plus I have shot a micro-series which has been written and directed by Shreya Dhanwanthary. On The Family Man 2 and other future projects
The Family Man season 2 shoot is over. #actor #actorslife #bts #behindthescenes #makingof #onthesets #photooftheday #picoftheday #quarantined #lockdown #webseries #originalseries #watch #instagrammers #igers #instagram #instagood #instapic
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On getting into acting at this point of time
For actors, this is the best time. On taking up acting as a career very late
After quitting my job in 2008, I worked as a writer for 10 years, including four years at MTV. I am watching some movies, series, and also reading a lot. Here are excerpts from the interaction:
On life during lockdown
Personally, I am enjoying the lockdown. Web does give the advantage of watching content from the comfort of our homes, but if you don’t like something on web, you can switch it within 5 minutes. #asur #AsurOnVoot #asuronvootselect @arshad_warsi @aahutee #BarunSobti @iridhidogra @goenkaanupriya @ameyzone @megauravarora @vishesh__bansal_24 @thepawanchopra @bsunayna @bondipsarma. During the live session, Hashmi also talked about his life during lockdown and upcoming projects. LOLARK: Aapki mand mand muskaan ❤️. And I didn’t even have time to do that because I was already in my early 30s. Though I enjoy writing as well, but I can’t imagine my life without acting. Talpade (The Family Man) is a bit more close to me because that was my digital debut and a new experience. I took this big risk of becoming an actor and starting from scratch because that was something I was craving to do. There are new characters, including that of Samantha Akkineni. The industry might be shut right now but it will resume work someday. Finally, these two shows happened and both did so well,” Hashmi said during a Facebook live from The Indian Express page. “I never thought I would get so much appreciation. He took care of everyone. The actor also revealed why he took up acting quite late in life. Yash Chopra sir was also a sweetheart. I can stay indoors for another two months. This is the best time to explore different kind of roles. But somehow I wasn’t getting anything exciting or things weren’t falling into place. It stars Kumud Mishra, Divya Dutta and some other great actors. It is my most challenging role till date because I have played three ages in it. I think web and cinema will co-exist. Written by Mimansa Shekhar
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Updated: April 28, 2020 2:57:34 pm

Sharib Hashmi was recently seen in Voot Select’s web series Asur. It is in post production right now, so that’ll be out maybe by year end.