"I wanted to do a comedy film for a long time. I had done a lot of intense films and dark roles, but I think that was reaching a saturation point," the 34-year-old said on Wednesday at a promotional even for 'Ghanchakkar'.
The actor has portrayaed intense roles in almost all his films, including 'Murder', 'Zeher', 'Kalyug', 'Gangster', 'Jannat', 'Raaz - The Mystery Continues', 'Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai', 'Jannat 2' and 'Shanghai'.
So, 'Ghanchakkar' seemed like a whiff of fresh air.
"When ('Ghanchakkar' director) Rajkumar Gupta narrated the script to me, I felt that the comedy and the sense of humour is something through which I want to project myself," he added.
Emraan believes 'Ghanchakkar' is going to change the way people see comedies.
"It is one of the best scripts I have heard and it is going to change the way we see comedies. Slapstick comedies, I think, have had it's course, people have seen a lot of them and (I guess) let's do something else now," Emraan said.
"This is a new page in comedies, something people have not seen and have been missing out on. I am sure the audience will like it," he added.
Produced by UTV, 'Ghanchakkar' is about a Maharashtrian man, essayed by Emraan, and his loud Punjabi housewife, played by Vidya Balan. The film releases on June 28.