Saqib Saleem talks about get­ting to work with the likes of Sal­man Khan and Anil Kapoor

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One can sense the ex­cite­ment in ac­tor Saqib Saleem’s voice when you ask him about Race 3, his upcoming multi-star­rer film with Sal­man Khan. While fans have seen Saqib in films such as Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Bom­bay Talkies and Dil Ju­un­glee, this one is go­ing to be his first big-bud­get masala film.

“I am really ex­cited, as I haven’t been part of such a big film be­fore in my life! It’s a sum­mer block­buster. The work I have done be­fore this is com­pletely dif­fer­ent. I got an op­por­tu­nity to work with the stal­warts of the film in­dus­try — Sal­man bhai, Anil (Kapoor) sir, Bob (Bobby Deol), Remo D’Souza sir. It was as if I had al­most a hun­dred years of work ex­pe­ri­ence all around me! I had Prem on my left, and Mr In­dia on my right, and Soldier in front of me! As a young ac­tor, I was pic­tur­ing how did I get in here? I was a fan­boy on set.”

Saqib’s new avatar sees him do­ing stunts, too, for the first time. “Su­per­kicked”, as he puts it, he adds, “This was the first time I was hold­ing guns. There is a se­quence in the trailer that I am shoot­ing two guys at the same time in a Fer­rari... I felt damn cool.”

But it cer­tainly wasn’t easy. The proof is the scars on his left hand. He says, “Ac­tion chore­og­ra­phy is like dance chore­og­ra­phy. Once you get the hang of it, you start en­joy­ing it, your body gets used to it. It’s been a tough film in that sense, as I have cut my­self a lot of times, got stitches, and lit­er­ally given khoon paseena to this film.”


Race 3 will be Saqib Saleem’s first big­bud­get masala film

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