Hashmi started off his acting debut in 2003, with film titled Footpath. Although movie failed at the box-office but his performance in the film was praised by critics. His next movie Murder immediately brought him to limelight. This film was a huge hit and his performance was well received. In 2005, Hashmi starred in romantic thriller Zeher, co-starring Udita Goswami and Shamita Shetty. His portrayal of a Police Officer Siddharth Mehra met with some good reviews from critics. His next hit was Anurag Basu's thriller Gangster, co-starring Shiney Ahuja and Kangana Ranaut. He then starred opposite Shriya Saran in romantic thriller Awarapan. Awarapan was a both critical and commercial success becoming the best film of his career. It was after 2008 that he established himself as an actor and rose to stardom with films like Jannat, Once Upon A Time in Mumbai, The Dirty Picture, Jannat 2, Raaz 2, Ek Thi Daayan and Azhar. Emraan Hashmi in his career has earned the title of a “Serial Kisser”.
Hashmi married Parveen Shahani in 2006 and have a son Ayaan Hashmi. Hashmi successfully launched his biography titled “Kiss Of Life”.