How did Emraan Hashmi end up becoming 'Aatish Rehmaan' in Tiger 3?

As Tiger 3 is just making huge success at the box office, now its antagonist Emraan Hashmi has opened up on how he said yes to this role.

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Hey folks, have you watched Tiger 3 yet? If not then you missing the major performance by the actor. Now, you will be thinking about the protagonist of the story right? Salman Khan but it's not him nor Katrina, he is none other than the villain of the Yash Raj’s Tiger 3 – Emraan Hashmi. He has made an impactful comeback as a villain which has left the moviegoers stunned. Whether, it's about his acting, dialogue delivery or his action scene, he has shaken the entire cinema with his powerful massy and evil character. Surprisingly, Emraan has now opened up to news agency ANI about playing an antagonist in the Maneesh Sharma directorial film Tiger 3.

Emraan Hashmi on playing Aatish Rehmaan in Tiger 3

Well, Emraam, who has played the role of Aatish Rehmaan, told ANI, “After the lockdown, I got a call from the casting director Shanoo Sharma, 'Do you like to have a coffee with Maneesh Sharma'. I reached there, and he asked, we are looking to cast an antagonist for 'Tiger 3'."

He added that it was not initially easy for him to accept the role as there is a preconceived notion about an antagonist.

"I was skeptical initially because when you hear of antagonist there is a preconceived notion but when I heard the script I found a depth in the character and there are many shades to it which I liked and thus I said yes to it."

Who doesn’t know that Emraan Hashmi is popularly known for playing romantic roles? So, playing Aatish’s character allowed him to show a different side of himself as an actor.

When asked about the kind of roles he is looking at and the reason for being selective in choosing his projects, he said, "I have been getting similar kinds of roles. But after a time there is a saturation point and you feel like changing your on-screen image. That is what happened with me and thus I became selective when it comes to choosing projects."

About Tiger 3 & Tiger Spy franchise

For those who are unaware, Tiger 3 helmed by Maneesh Sharma, starring Bollywood superstars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Emraan Hashmi in the lead roles. 'Tiger 3' is the third instalment of the Tiger franchise and a part of the YRF Spy Universe with the likes of War and Pathaan. Interestingly, it also has cameo appearances of Shah Rukh Khan and a post-credit scene featuring Hrithik Roshan.

Just like the two previous instalments - Ek Tha Tiger and Tiger Zinda Hai -the film focuses on a new mission involving RAW agent Tiger (Salman) and ISI agent Zoya (Katrina Kaif). The first part 'Ek Tha Tiger', which came in 2012, was directed by Kabir Khan. In 2017, the franchise expanded with 'Tiger Zinda Hai'. The second part was directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.