Syed Emraan Anwar Hashmi (pronounced [ɪmraːn ˈɦaːʃmiː]; born 24 March 1979) is an Indian film actor who appears in Hindi films. Through his career, 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 the successful Murder (2004), Zeher (2005), Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005) and Gangster (2006). However, he followed it with roles in films that underperformed at the box office before starring in the acclaimed drama Awarapan (2007).
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. After appearing in another series of box office flops, he 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 Baadshaho (2017).