My friends and fam­ily give me a reality check: Saqib Saleem

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur

Ac­tor Saqib Saleem (left) has films such as Mere Dad Ki Maruti (2013) and Hawaa Hawaai (2014) to his credit, but gain­ing a celebrity sta­tus has not re­ally changed him as a per­son. But the ac­tor feels that he can’t say the same thing about people around him.

“Like every­one else, I used to have meals at my place, but now when I go back home, I have to go for lun­cheons and din­ners at my neigh­bours’ house and have to get pic­tures clicked with their chil­dren. Some­times, I feel that you don’t change but people around you do, and cre­ate a dif­fer­ent aura, which has hap­pened in my case,” says Saqib.

The ac­tor, who will soon be seen along­side ac­tor Taapsee Pannu in his next film, does not mind the attention and love he gets when­ever he comes to Delhi, his home­town.

“As an ac­tor, you love it when people come up and ask for pic­tures and tell you that they love your work. I don’t know about other ac­tors, but I love that be­cause that’s what we work for,” adds Saqib, brother of ac­tor Huma Qureshi. The 29-year-old ac­tor adds he is happy that he has friends and fam­ily who do not let this fame and pub­lic­ity get to his head. “They [my friends and fam­ily] all help me stay grounded.

When I am with them, I don’t feel like a star, and if at all they sense that I’ve started de­vel­op­ing an aura around me, they will give me a reality check and make me feel like a reg­u­lar per­son,” Saqib con­cludes. ■ yashika.mathur@htlive.com

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