Emraan Hashmi, who plays the villain Aatish in Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif-starrer Tiger 3, has opened up about his character and the potential crossover of his character with John Abraham’s Jim from Pathaan. Both Tiger 3 and Pathaan are part of Yash Raj Films’ Spy Universe, which also includes War.
Emraan Hashmi on his Tiger 3 character
In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, Emraan Hashmi talked about his character Aatish, who is a ruthless mercenary who wants to destroy Tiger and his family. Emraan said, “We can’t rule that out. I don’t want to give away too much out of the film. But people are like, ‘Ok. how does Aatish make his way or figure it in the Spy Universe?’, probably with other villainous characters. There’s always a pre-story. You can meet him in any point in time in his life between 25 and 50. So ya, probably they (Jim and Aatish or any other villain of the Spy Universe) cross paths. Probably they scheme and try to bring someone else down.”
He also had revealed earlier that his character was kept under wraps until the trailer release of Tiger 3, which received a positive response from the audience. He said, “I was dying to tell people about Tiger 3 but couldn’t, knowing very well that the pay off would be immense when my character is unveiled to the people. The decision was clear to bring the anti-hero to spotlight with the trailer of Tiger 3 and I’m happy that people are loving my menacing turn.”
Similarities Between Emraan Hashmi’s Aatish From Tiger 3 And John Abraham’s Jim From Pathaan
When asked about the similarities between his character and John Abraham’s Jim from Pathaan, who is also a spy-turned-rogue, Emraan said in an interview with Zoom, “I didn’t really know about his (Jim) journey in the film. I came to know when I saw it, but I think the way Maneesh (Sharma) has presented it and the way it was written, it might have been the same trigger.”
The actor added, “Sometimes his triggers and arcs might be similar because at the end of the day, you have only seven archetypes of film stories. The way it eventually was presented through the back story – seeing this guy from the first frame as someone who looks so innocent, and you see him progressively get darker and darker because of this ideology that takes seed in his mind. It was interesting to play out, and it’s kind of nuanced.”
Emraan Hashmi Shares Him And John Abraham Were Apprehensive To Play Villians
Emraan Hashmi and John Abraham collaborated on a film called Mumbai Saga together, just before their respective Spy Universe films Tiger 3 and Pathaan. Emraan shared that both him and John were apprehensive of doing roles with negative shades. The actor said, “There was excitement but there was also concern because John was like, ‘I hope it is taken well by the audience.’ because he might have played a negative lead or two before this (Pathaan) and I have also done that in my career but it is a very dicey line when you are playing the antagonist. When you are going on another path, you are just hoping that it turns out well. So that’s the discussion that we had, ‘Ok, God help us. We hope it turns out good for the both of us.'”
Tiger 3 released on Diwali, November 12, 2023 and is struggling to maintain a healthy growth at box office. It is the third instalment of the popular Tiger franchise, which started with Ek Tha Tiger in 2012 and continued with Tiger Zinda Hai in 2017. Pathaan, which stars Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, was released in January 2023 and created new box office milestones.
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