If I only think of com­par­isons, I will go crazy: Saqib Saleem

I want to ex­plore my own self. I be­lieve that you’d al­ways find some­one who’s bet­ter than you SAQIB SALEEM, AC­TOR

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While a lot of ac­tors get worked up by con­stant com­par­isons with con­tem­po­raries, ac­tor Saqib

Saleem (above) says he would rather fo­cus on be­ing a bet­ter ver­sion of him­self.

“I want to ex­plore my own self. I be­lieve that you’d al­ways find some­one who’s bet­ter than you. That’s how the world sur­vives. You just have to keep fight­ing with your­self and do your best,” says Saleem.

So do these com­par­isons af­fect him at any point? “I’d be ly­ing if I say they don’t bother me. I’m a com­pet­i­tive per­son but I don’t feel bad when some­one does well. Rather if I like their per­for­mance, I con­grat­u­late them. That makes me want to push my­self harder,” he adds.

Re­count­ing his meet­ing with film­maker Aditya Cho­pra, Saqib shares, “When I told him (Aditya) what I want to do in fu­ture, he told me to sort my head out. He told me that ev­ery ac­tor’s jour­ney is dif­fer­ent. You can’t crib that oth­ers are do­ing well. If you’re a good ac­tor, you’ll get the kind of films you want to do. How­ever, you have to be pa­tient. Rather than do­ing some­thing medi­ocre, it’s bet­ter to wait and find the right pro­ject. I want to live this jour­ney.”

The ac­tor, who has worked in films such as Bom­bay Talkies (2013) and Dishoom (2016) feels it’s im­por­tant to make ju­di­cious choices. “If I keep thinking about oth­ers, I’ll go crazy. There are so many ac­tors. If I only think of how to outdo them, I’ll never be able to move ahead.”

PHOTO: RO­HAN SHRESTHA

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