When Saqib gave seven to eight au­di­tions in a day

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri.na­yar@htlive.com

Ac­tor Saqib Saleem (right), who made his de­but with Mu­jhse Fraaand­ship Karoge (2011) six years ago, says he had a tough time be­fore he bagged the role in the film. Although he has heard of more chal­leng­ing sto­ries, the 29-year-old says his ini­tial days in the in­dus­try were full of au­di­tions. “Hon­estly, there are peo­ple who strug­gled more than me. They stay in Mum­bai for years be­fore they get some­thing. I re­mem­ber I gave a lot of au­di­tions. There would be days when I would give seven to eight au­di­tions in a day. I would carry clothes with me and change at the venue. I still re­mem­ber I used to reach the fi­nal au­di­tion venue all ex­hausted, and then see 250 peo­ple there. My heart would break,” says Saqib, who will be seen in Dobaara, that also stars his sis­ter, ac­tor Huma Qureshi.

How­ever, Saqib adds that it’s all part of the process of be­com­ing an ac­tor. “It’s the process that is im­por­tant rather than the end. Strug­gles like these make you who you are,” says Saqib, who has fea­tured in films such as Mere Dad Ki Maruti (2013) and Bom­bay Talkies (2013).

After strug­gling for so long, Saqib is at that point in his act­ing ca­reer, where he even re­jects scripts. He also feels that writ­ers are of­ten not given the credit for cre­at­ing good scripts. “Some of the scripts that I am of­fered are very bad. I am not able to read them in one go.I have got scripts in SMS lingo. I feel like peo­ple don’t give im­por­tance to writ­ers. Writ­ers need to be cel­e­brated. Ac­tors per­form what they write and so they have a very im­por­tant part to play in a film,” says Saqib.

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