A new man is out in the Bollywood block and he is surely taking over the limelight. But! Nobody seems upset. In fact, this South-Indian chap is winning over hearts with his sweet innocent smile and upcoming film Karwaan.
We got a chance to hang out with Dulquer Salmaan on a Special Coffee Date. And here’s what happened. (Mind you, it was all HEARTS)
First things first! The actor is promoting his debut Hindi film Karwaan, in which he shares the screen with Irrfan and Mithila Palkar. Ask him about his film journey and DQ, as he is fondly addressed as, shared,“I started a very organic journey which had its own set of rules of life. I wanted to see where it’s going to take me.”
A true-blue movie-buff, the southern heartthrob dreams of directing his father, the superstar Malayalam actor Mammootty. “I should try directing because then they won’t compare me to my father. I think maybe as a director I have more chance," said the actor with the boy-next-door charm.
But what he wants to direct? "There was stuff I wrote in college, I still think which can be relevant stories. I want to do so much in cinema," shared Dulquer, with those chocolate eyes gleaming with innocence.
After venturing in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil cinema, he now enters Bollywood. But the plans are bigger. Next in his wish list is the content streaming online sites? “Yeah! I am sure to join Netflix. Right now, I feel I am handling multiple industries. I had movies where my shooting footage of almost four and a half hour was cut down to two, which meant I lost half of my shoot time, half of the content I shot, half of my scenes! I feel like with Netflix you don’t lose what you shoot. A lot of the times when we shoot now I try not to get attached to it. I have been very sad because of this.”
Being the son of an iconic figure in the south-Indian film industry, Dulquer doesn’t shy away from talking about the burning issue of Nepotism. “I understand that I might be among the handful few of the second generation of Malayalam actors. But then, being a superstar's son should not take it away from the fact that it takes even more from my end to match up to my father's body of work, even in the slightest way."
"There are a lot of movies which people want to make. But each actor can’t do five-six films a year. There’s always work for everybody, and being somebody son or daughter or related to anyone from films won't take change the fact that only talent survives," added DQ.
"I don’t want to remake. I want to do original films. I get very excited when my films get remade, though” he suggested.
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Before his first Bollywood film hits the big screens, he started preparing for his next, titled The Zoya Factor with Sonam Kapoor. And he already has a long list of Bollywood beauties he looks forward to collaborating with. “Sonam is already on the list. Apart from her, I really like Deepika’s work; I have always been a Priyanka Chopra fan, and Jacqueline. Parineeti and Alia are superb.”
During the many rounds of promotions, DQ has kept his style sleek and simple. He said, “If it fits and sculpts well, I will wear anything. I have no issues with colours or styles. I am very particular about the fit.”
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