The chances I get to prove my­self are few: Saqib Saleem

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

Ac­tor Saqib Saleem (be­low) takes pride in hav­ing carved a niche with­out a god­fa­ther back­ing him in Bol­ly­wood. “I’m a Delhi boy who has made my way to Mum­bai to find my own work. I won’t cry or crib that I wasn’t born into the in­dus­try. I want to do films where peo­ple will ap­pre­ci­ate my per­for­mance even af­ter 20 years down the line,” he says.

The 28-year-old is clear he wants to take up dif­fer­ent kind of films. “But not those that are dif­fer­ent just for the heck of it. The idea is when peo­ple see me, they can re­late to the char­ac­ter and not with me. They should feel that char­ac­ter from their heart, so I want to keep it very real,” says the ac­tor, who has done films such as Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Bom­bay Talkies (2013) and Dishoom (2016).

Is there a plan of ac­tion that he sticks to for suc­cess? “I don’t plan too many things. I go by my in­stinct. I read and hear scripts, and if some­thing ex­cites me, I go for it... I’m not look­ing at short term gains. Also, I don’t be­long to this in­dus­try, so the chances I get to prove my­self are few, and if I get it wrong, no­body would want to work with me. So I have to be sure of the films I take up. I want to live as a film star,” says Saqib.

I’m a Delhi boy who has made my way to Mum­bai to find my own work. I won’t cry or crib that I wasn’t born into the in­dus­try SAQIB SALEEM, AC­TOR

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