Emraan Hashmi is an Indian film actor who appears mainly in Hindi language films. Before starting his career as an actor, Hashmi worked with Vishesh Films as an assistant director on Vikram Bhatt's Raaz (2002).
Emraan Anwar Hashmi was born to Anwar Hashmi and Maherahh Hashmi. His father is a Muslim while his mother is a Roman Catholic. After briefly changing his first name to Farhan, he decided to keep his original name. He studied graphics and animation from Sydenham College in Mumbai.
Hashmi made his film debut in 2003 with the film, 'Footpath', which did not do well at the box office. He and his co-star Mallika Sherawat shot to fame with the thriller, 'Murder' (2004), which went on to become a super hit at the box office.
In 2005, he appeared in several films such as 'Zeher', 'Aashiq Banaya Apne' and 'Kalyug', which did moderately well at the box office. In 2006, his film, 'Gangster' was a semi-hit, while 'Aksar' and 'The Killer' were flops.
In 2007, Hashmi had three back to back releases, while 'Good Boy Bad Boy' and 'The Train' both failed at the box office, the big budgeted, 'Awarapan' did moderately well.
In 2008, Hashmi's first release, 'Jannat' had a 100% opening making it a critical and commercial success. His first release in 2009, 'Raaz - The Mystery Continues', opened well and became the first box office success of the year. His second film of the year, 'Tum Mile', opened to mixed reviews and was rated a box office failure.
In 2010, he appeared in 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai', which opened to positive reviews and was declared a hit at the box office.
He was later seen in films like 'Crook', 'Dil Toh Bachcha Ha Ji', 'Murder 2', 'The Dirty Picture', 'Raaz 3D' and many more.
In 2013, he starred in Ek Thi Daayan alongside Konkona Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin and Huma Qureshi and Ghanchakkar opposite Vidya Balan. Both films got moderate response at the box-office. Next, he will appear in Karan Johar's film Ungli. Hashmi will also feature alongside Kareena Kapoor in Ekta Kapoor and Karan Johar's untitled romantic drama and Kunal Deshmukh's Shaatir opposite Pakistani actress Humaima Malick.
On the personal front, Hashmi got married to his long time girlfriend Parveen Sahani in December 2006. He became a father to a baby boy on 4 February 2010 and named him Ayaan.
In July 2009, Hashmi claimed that a housing society in Mumbai's upmarket Pali Hill locality refused to grant him permission to buy an apartment because he is a Muslim. The housing society rejected the allegations and in turn accused Hashmi and his family of intimidatory behavior. Hashmi's allegations were condemned by other Muslim actors in Bollywood, especially Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan while the Indian-Islamic Cultural Center accused Hashmi of spurring communal tensions in India. On 10 August 2009, Hashmi backtracked from his accusation and said that the housing society has not discriminated against him and termed the incident as a 'miscommunication'.