Is Saqib Saleem look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive ca­reer?

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Ac­tor Saqib Saleem’s (right) en­ter­tain­ing films such as Mere Dad Ki Maruti (2013), Hawaa Hawaai (2014) and Dishoom (2016) have es­tab­lished him in Bol­ly­wood. Now, as he gears up to spread his Delhi based fam­ily busi­ness in Mum­bai, one won­ders if he is look­ing for a back up plan for fu­ture.

“It’s not an al­ter­na­tive ca­reer for me. I’m an ac­tor and will al­ways re­main one. My fa­ther has a restau­rant chain in Delhi and he al­ways wanted me to open it in Mum­bai. Ini­tially I thought, I won’t be able to give it the kind of time it re­quires,” says Saqib.

How­ever, it seems that the idea of ex­pand­ing the busi­ness wasn’t the one that got Saqib ex­cited. “I’m very close to my fa­ther and we are more like friends. When he told me that he will visit me more of­ten, I was ex­cited. So, it is more about spend­ing time with him than any­thing else. This is my fam­ily busi­ness and it has to keep go­ing on,” he says. Saqib, who has shifted to Mum­bai, is still a Delhi boy at heart. “I’ve shot all around the world for my films but when it comes to shoot­ing in Delhi, I’m al­ways ex­cited. I get to come back home and meet my fam­ily and friends. That is not all, Delhi has great food and I’m a foodie at heart. So when­ever I’m back, I try to eat what­ever my diet and sched­ule al­lows,” says the ac­tor.

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