A success works wonders. Especially if you your last few films don't work. And if it's a solo hit, well, the joy knows no bounds.
Post Jannat, Emraan Hashmi is grinning from ear to ear. Jannat has come as a breather for Mukesh Bhatt, as also for debutante director Kunal Deshmukh and debutante writer Vishesh Bhatt, whose careers depended on how Jannat fared.
"I was hurt, I was angry after Awarapan," Emraan admits, "The film hadn't worked and people had written me off. I had to prove the detractors wrong. The lull that followed only helped. I wanted to come back with a vengeance."
And it has been a terrific comeback for the talented actor. Three weeks ago, the presence of Akshay, Saif and Kareena couldn't ensure a terrific start for Tashan. Big B and SRK's presence in Bhoothnath didn't help the film open to full houses either. But the excellent start of Jannat did catch the traders by complete surprise.
"I was shocked as well. See, what went in favor of Jannat were various factors. The buzz was very strong. Plus, a promo with content or even an attractive poster grabs your attention instantly. The first jhalak counts and Jannat benefited for the aforesaid reasons," Emraan tells me.
What about his popularity with the youth? "Everything falls into place if the film is good. And I always had the gut that Jannat would click in a big way," he states modestly.