Saqib feels six­pack abs are not a must for ac­tors

HT City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

Ac­tor Saqib Saleem’s 2014 film Hawaa Hawaai cre­ated the right kind of buzz, not just for its sto­ry­line but also for the ac­tor’s per­for­mance. How­ever, while some ex­pected Saqib to bag many more lead roles af­ter the project, it was quite strange that he did not sign any sub­stan­tial projects.

“The kind of films that I wanted to do were not be­ing made at that time, and the of­fers that came my way were not some­thing I was will­ing to take up. One has to choose from what one gets. At that point, af­ter Hawaa Hawaai, I thought that it’s okay if things are not turn­ing out the way I want them to,” says Saqib, who will be seen in the Sal­man Khan-star­rer Race 3.

The ac­tor adds, “Now, I am get­ting films that I wanted to do, and peo­ple have started be­liev­ing in me. It takes a while to reach where you want to reach.”

Saqib also un­der­went a dras­tic body trans­for­ma­tion in the past six months. Af­ter sport­ing a lean physique, the ac­tor is now flaunt­ing a mus­cu­lar body. How­ever, he feels that an ac­tor’s phys­i­cal looks should not be the only de­cid­ing fac­tor to get good work. “To be­come an ac­tor, you don’t have to have six packs. Ev­ery role de­mands some­thing from an ac­tor. For in­stance, I had to get a body of a gym trainer for my up­com­ing film Dil Ju­un­glee. It is dif­fi­cult, but if I can do it, so can every­one else. It is just a mat­ter of putting your head down and think­ing about what you want,” says Saqib.

Ac­tor Saqib Saleem plays the role of a gym in­struc­tor in the up­com­ing film Dil Ju­un­glee

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