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ANKITA JAIN
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CHAT Saqib Saleem wants to do serious cinema and also wants to play a gangster

We may look back at our carefree college days, but we can’t bring them back. However for the The Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge debutant Saqib Saleem, it seems like college life knows no end. The actor relived all those moments in his last film and is back with Mere Dad ki Maruti .

In this he plays the role of a son who plans to steal his dad’s car to impress his new girlfriend, played by Rhea Chakraborty, a VJ-turned-actor. Saqib talks about his entry into Bollywood and his career plans.

You started your career as a cricketer and played for Delhi as well as Jammu and Kashmir. How did you switch?

I love cricket and played throughout my college life. But soon I realised cricket was not my cup of tea. Since people used to call me ‘nautanki’ right from my childhood, I thought of giving acting a try. Though my dad wanted me to pursue an MBA from Delhi , I shifted to Mumbai to try my luck.

That is how I started with a few modelling assignments and heard of ongoing auditions for fresh faces under Yash Raj Films.

However it took eight-nine months to receive confirmation from the production house.

Comedy is not an easy genre to deal with. How difficult or easy was it for you to do a comic role?

I enjoyed doing it. The credit for making people laugh entirely goes to the script, director Ashima Chibber and dialogues.

When I used to rehearse for any of the scenes, I myself used to laugh aloud at times because of the hilarious dialogues. And of course it was a team effort which is showing its results now. I am getting many calls from my friends and others and they really appreciate the film ( Mere Dad ki Maruti ).

Both your films are youth-centric….

To be honest, I am young so I get roles of a college boy, or something or the other to do with the youth of our country. I am also looking forward to some serious cinema through which I can discover my own potential. Also, I am very choosy about films. You might have noticed the gap between my two films. It’s a huge one for any actor whose debut film clicked with the audience.

Your sibling, Huma Qureshi has established herself through “Gangs of Wasseypur”. Do you exchange professional advice?

Well, every evening we talk about our day. Sometimes she tops the discussion and many of the time I do. She is very supportive and it’s good to have her in the same industry.

Your dream project…..

I have plans to be in the shoes of a gangster — in reel life of course. Beside that I am doing Bombay Talkies to be directed by Karan Johar.

ANKITA JAIN

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