Emraan Hashmi explains why it is difficult to be smart in Bollywood

Emraan Hashmi who started his Bollywood career in mid-2000s, doing “bold” roles, says stupidity goes a long way here in Bollywood.

“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.

The actor, who eventually managed to get rid of the “serial kisser” tag says he was “stuck” in a zone for a long time, before he turned towards edgier content.

“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.”

However, good concept now seems to be the need of the hour, especially if you look at the way “pure star-driven films” have fared at the box office (they all bombed).

“Because of the influence of the web, the audience knows what they’re missing out on here. 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.”