Before starting his career as an actor, Hashmi worked with Vishesh Films as an assistant director on Vikram Bhatt's 'Raaz' (2002).
In 2003, he made his acting debut with Bhatt's 'Footpath' and followed it with the commercially successful romantic thriller 'Murder' (2004).
Hashmi has delivered several commercially successful films including 'Gangster', Kalyug', 'Zeher'; but critics has often labelled him as a "one note actor" while criticizing for his repetitive roles.
Hashmi eventually garnered wide critical acclaim for his performances in 'Once Upon a Time in Mumbai' (2010), 'The Dirty Picture' (2011) and 'Shanghai' (2012).
The actor is considered as one of the most popular celebrities in India with his charming on-screen presence.
He married his long-time girlfriend Parveen Shahani in 2008 and became father to a son, Ayaan Hashmi, in 2010.
The actor presently has two big projects coming up including, Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj's joint venture 'Ek thi Daayan', scheduled to release in April and UTV Productions' 'Ghanchakkar', which will release in July.
--IBNS (Posted on 25-03-2013)