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
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.”