Emraan Hashmi on new film Mr X and the power of invisibility

'I just hope that the [UAE] audience loves it too. There is a huge audience here for our films. Not just the Indian expats, but also people from other countries who love Indian films,' says Emraan Hashmi.

Emraan Hashmi in Mr X. Courtesy Empire International Gulf
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We haven't seen an invisible superhero, so to speak, in a Bollywood movie since 1987's runaway hit Mr India, starring Anil Kapoor.

That's set to change with the release of Mr X, directed by Vikram Bhatt, produced by Mukesh Bhatt, and starring Emraan Hashmi. The sci-fi thriller, written by Shagufta Rafique, co-stars Amyra Dastur as Hashmi's leading lady and, according to the makers, it is Indian cinema's first 3-D family film.

Hashmi told us about his role and what he’d do if he had the power of invisibility in real life.

Can you tell us about Mr X?

He is an officer with the anti-terrorist squad. He is a righteous officer who goes through a very traumatic incident in the line of duty, where a couple of people almost kill him. He is fighting for his life and, as a last resort, he is given an experimental treatment that reacts adversely with him. His cells stop reflecting light and he turns invisible. Now he can only be seen in direct sunlight and blue light. In the beginning, this poses many problems for him and is a serious hindrance. But he evolves into a man who finds a way to harness his ailment and becomes a superhero. He uses his power to fight against wrongdoing. There is also a love story there. He is in love with a colleague on the anti-terrorist squad. But then the tables turn and they become enemies.

What was it like making the film?

The experience has been fantastic. One doesn’t get many chances to explore science-fiction films here in the Indian film industry. So just to play a character that is so unique and so new, it’s an amazing opportunity.

How does this role differ from your previous roles?

I have never become invisible in a film before.

You’re known for some bold scenes in your films. Do we get to see that in Mr X?

Yes, there are three kisses in this film – although there are two that didn’t require me. So technically, I have only one.

How do you think audiences will react to the film?

I have seen it and it’s very exciting. It is something that is very close to our heart. It took a lot of time and effort. I just hope that the [UAE] audiences love it, too. There is a huge audience here for our films. Not just the Indian expats, but also people from other countries who love Indian films. This film has all the elements of Indian films that they love, but it also has something more … something different. So I think people will appreciate it.

What would you do if you could turn invisible in real life?

Rob a bank. No, I would fight crime and injustice.

Mr X opens in cinemas on Thursday, April 16