Emraan Hashmi defends Bard of Blood: ‘5% of audience shot holes in series, we would’ve lost masses if we appeased them’

Actor Emraan Hashmi, who made his digital debut with Bard of Blood, has reacted to critics panning the Netflix series and said the aim for the series was to reach out to the masses. Emraan featured in the thriller alongside Shobhita Dhulipala and Viineet Kumar Singh. It was directed by Ribhu Dasgupta and was based on Bilal Siddiqui’s book by the same name.

Speaking with Mid Day in an interview, Emraan said, “One has to understand the agenda behind the show. It was made to penetrate into the mass segments while maintaining international standards. Because of this brief, there was exposition in the show, which didn’t sit well with the elite audience. Only five per cent of the audience shot holes in the series. If we would have tried to appease them, we would have lost the masses.