Sharib Hashmi is best known for playing the lead character of Sunny in the movie Filmistaan. The movie went on to win a National Award thereby giving an impetus to Hashmi’s career. He went on to play pivotal roles in a lot of successful films. One such example is the Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire.
Recently, Sharib Hashmi received appreciation for his characters in popular web series like The Family Man and Asur. We got to have an interactive live session with this supremely talented actor. Here’s what he talked to us about:
How are you spending your quarantine hours?
I have been utilizing the time to rest a little, work a little, as well as read a little. Besides that, I am also watching stuff on the internet.
What are you watching these days?
I have just now completed watching the latest episode of Better Call Saul.
Tell us something about the much talked about ending of Asur? Are there any possibilities of a second season?
Season 2 of Asur is definitely on the cards. It is being written as well. The antagonist of Asur is yet not found. My character did try pursuing him but was killed. Audiences will have to wait for the actual villain to get caught somewhere in the next season.
Why do you refer yourself as Mr. Filmistaani on social media?
I have grown up watching the film industry very closely. My father was a film journalist. He allowed me to accompany him on the premieres of several movies including the superhit Saajan. Other than that, I attribute Filmistaan to be a game-changer in my career. I have worked in several movies before Filmistaan. But the amount I received for the movie surpasses everything. It went to win a National Award. People appreciated my character. It was an overwhelming feeling. Hence, Sharib Hashmi is now Mr. Filmistaani.
How did you start your journey in the entertainment industry?
I worked in this industry as a writer for ten years. I used to write for non-fiction shows of channels like MTV, Channel V, etc. It took me a lot of years to arrive at the conclusion that I want to be an actor. The year was 2008. I left my job and started auditioning for several roles. Nothing happened for three years. I was debt-ridden. I had to rejoin my job. Hence, I started working again, this time with UTV Bindaas.
It was then that I received a call from Shanoo Sharma, the well-known casting director of YRF. I was called to audition for Jab Tak Hai Jaan. At the same time, Nitin (Kakkar) and I were writing Filmistaan. Luckily, we found the producer for our movie. They asked me to audition for the movie as well. I tried my hands and eventually got selected. “Phir gaadi chal padi”.
How was the feeling of working with the legendary Yash Chopra?
The feeling was amazing. I was trying to meet Shanoo Sharma for three years. But I had acted in a short film “Mehruni” during that course of time. She somehow came across it.
Rounds of auditions happened for Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Initially, I rehearsed Vinay Pathak’s lines from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. I was rejected at first. But then the makers felt ki I suited the role better.
I have only dreamt of being directed by Yash Ji before that. The first day I entered in Yash Raj Studio, I saw Yash Ji talking to the art director. There was Aditya Chopra talking to others. I was flabbergasted. I cannot be grateful enough to do the film.