Dulquer Salmaan – The New Indian Express
MUMBAI: When Dulquer Salmaan entered the film industry, the actor says he fought a lot of trepidation, in part because of his own insecurities and the pressure to respect the legacy of his father and superstar Mammootty.
Salmaan made his screen debut in 2012 with the crime thriller “Second Show” and found huge success the same year with the award-winning drama “Ustad Hotel”.
Over the years, the 35-year-old actor has become one of the biggest stars of Malayalam cinema with films like Anjali Menon’s ‘Bangalore Days’, ‘Kali’, ‘Charlie’ and ‘Kurup’ among others. . .
He also won wide acclaim with Mani Ratnam’s Tamil romantic comedy ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’ and finally made his Hindi debut with 2018’s ‘Karwaan’ which starred Irrfan Khan.
In an interview with PTI, Salmaan said that during his decade-long journey in the industry, he initially put a lot of pressure on himself to live up to his father’s name.
“I didn’t know if I would make it, I didn’t know if I was going to survive, if people would accept me. I had a lot of apprehensions when I came into the industry. You I had all these fears and insecurities I was putting myself in my dad’s shoes Forget me, I don’t think anyone can challenge him or replace him.
“Before, I felt quite pressured because of that. Not that I had to be as good as him, but I didn’t want to embarrass him in any way or spoil that legacy. So I used to put a lot pressure on myself about these things, I spent many years like this, taking every step carefully,” the actor said.
Salmaan said he was born out of this pressure “organically” and credited the films that came his way with making him an assured performer.
“It was fate or divine intervention that allowed me to get great films quite early in my career. I was able to collaborate with great directors. I also received offers from other languages and I knew they were solid films, so I gave it a try as well. It helped me,” he added.
Although Salmaan started out with Malayalam films, he quickly moved into the Tamil industry with films like “Vaayai Moodi Pesavum”, “O Kadhal Kanmani” and made his Telugu debut with the 2018 drama “Mahanati”, in which he played veteran star Gemini Ganesan. .
He had his second Bollywood outing in 2019 with “The Zoya Factor” opposite actor Sonam Kapoor.
None of this expansion into other language industries, Salmaan said, was intentional.
“People ask me if it was a conscious choice to make films in multiple languages so that I would become a ‘pan-Indian’ actor, but no. Like anyone of my generation, I seek experiences. My desire was just that. I love it when I make movies in Tamil or Telugu or Hindi and I’m part of that. It just came naturally and it’s not part of a plan,” he said. he adds.
What, however, has been a definite plan is his attempt to switch genres frequently, he said.
From Malayalam crime thriller “Kurup”, Tamil romantic comedy “Hey Sinamika” and his latest SonyLIV procedural drama “Salute” (Malayalam), Salmaan’s last three films alone have been diverse.
The actor said he was aware his detractors felt comfortable in the romantic genre, a stereotype he consciously wanted to break.
“A lot of times people want to put you in a box. I read comments from my detractors and would-be haters who say, ‘Oh he’s always doing romantic comedies, romantic characters or he can only do one thing “. . I’m taking it constructively and thinking, ‘I’m not just going to do one type of film, I’m going to show you’.”
“If you continue to surprise audiences, you’ll be respected. As actors, you want to live different lives through your characters. As an actor, I’m aware and aware of my programming, I want every movie be different from the other. I really want to have a great film portfolio,” he added.
The actor will next be seen in filmmaker R Balki’s ‘Chup: Revenge Of The Artist’ and director duo Raj & DK’s Netflix series ‘Guns & Gulaabs’, also starring Rajkummar Rao and Adarsh Gourav.