Emraan Hashmi is an Indian film actor who appears in Hindi films. Initially known for performing bold scenes, Hashmi has since portrayed strong roles in films. One of the most unconventional actors of India, Hashmi has received three Filmfare Award nominations. He worked as an assistant director for the 2002 horror film Raaz before pursuing a career in acting. By 2004, Hashmi had established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema with roles in several successful thrillers including, Murder (2004), Zeher (2005), Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005), Kalyug (2005), Aksar (2006), and Gangster (2006). The year 2008 marked a turning point for Hashmi, when he played a conman in the crime drama Jannat. He subsequently gained recognition for portraying a range of unconventional characters in the horror film Raaz: The Mystery Continues (2009), the biographical drama The Dirty Picture (2011), the psychological thriller Murder 2 (2011), the romantic comedy Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011), the crime thriller Jannat 2 (2012), and the supernatural thrillers Raaz 3 (2012) and Ek Thi Daayan (2013), all of which earned him critical appreciation. Hashmi's acclaimed performances in the underworld drama Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010) and the political thriller Shanghai (2012), garnered him two Best Supporting Actor nominations at Filmfare. He also starred as the titular character in the biographical sports drama Azhar and an evil spirit in the horror thriller Raaz Reboot (both 2016) – and received praise for the drama Hamari Adhuri Kahani (2015), and the action film Baadshaho (2017). In addition to acting in films, Hashmi has launced an auto-biographical book that dealt with his son's illness, and is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products.