Dulquer Salmaan: I didn’t wish to spoil my father’s legacy


When Dulquer Salmaan was coming into the movie trade, the actor says he was combating a number of apprehension, partly attributable to his personal insecurities and the stress of dwelling as much as his father and famous person Mammootty’s legacy.

Salmaan made his display debut in 2012 with the crime-thriller Second Present and located huge success the identical 12 months with the Nationwide Award-winning drama Ustad Resort.

Through the years, the 35-year-old actor emerged as one of many greatest stars of Malayalam cinema with movies like Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days, Sai Pallavi-starrer Kali, Charlie, and Kurup, amongst others.

He additionally gained widespread 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, Dulquer Salmaan mentioned he had initially put a number of stress on himself to stay as much as his father’s title.

“I didn’t know if I might make it. I didn’t know if I might survive, if folks would settle for me. I had a number of apprehensions after I was coming to the trade. When you’re in your 20s, you’ve got all these fears and insecurities. I used to be moving into my dad’s footwear. Neglect me, I don’t suppose anybody can problem or exchange him.

“I used to really feel fairly underneath stress due to that. Not that I needed to be pretty much as good as him, however I didn’t wish to embarrass him in any method or spoil that legacy. So I used to place a number of stress on myself over this stuff, I spent a number of years like that, taking each step fastidiously,” the actor mentioned.

Salmaan mentioned he grew out of that stress “organically” and credited the movies that got here his method for making him an assured artiste.

“It was future or divine intervention that I bought some nice movies fairly early in my profession. I bought to collaborate with some nice administrators. I bought affords from different languages too and I knew these had been stable movies, so I attempted that as properly. That helped me,” he added.

Although Dulquer Salmaan began with Malayalam movies, he quickly moved to the Tamil trade with movies like Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, O Kadhal Kanmani and made his debut in Telugu with the 2018 drama Mahanati, through which he performed veteran star Gemini Ganesan.

He had his second Bollywood launch in 2019 with The Zoya Issue reverse actor Sonam Kapoor.

None of this enlargement to different language industries, Salmaan mentioned, was by design.

“Individuals ask me if it was a acutely aware option to do movies in a number of languages in order that I turn out to be a ‘pan-India’ actor, however no. Simply as anybody of my era, I search for experiences. My need was simply that. I adore it after I do movies in Tamil, Telugu or Hindi and get to be part of that. It has been natural and never a part of some plan,” he added.

What, nonetheless, has been a particular plan is his try and ceaselessly soar genres, he mentioned.

From Malayalam crime thriller Kurup, Tamil romantic comedy Hey Sinamika and his newest SonyLIV procedural drama Salute (Malayalam), Salmaan’s final three movies alone have been numerous.

The actor mentioned he’s conscious that his critics really feel he’s snug within the romance style, a stereotype he needs to consciously break.

“Lots of the time, folks wish to put you in a field. I learn feedback from my critics and the so-called haters that say, ‘Oh he all the time does romantic comedies, romantic characters or he can solely do one factor’. I take it constructively and suppose, ‘I received’t do only one sort of movie, I’ll present you’.

“If you happen to hold shocking the viewers, you can be revered. As actors, you wish to stay totally different lives via your characters. As an actor, I’m conscious and acutely aware of my lineup, I need every movie to be totally different from the opposite. I genuinely wish to have an awesome portfolio of movies,” he added.

Dulquer Salmaan will probably be subsequent seen in filmmaker R Balki’s Chup: Revenge Of The Artist and director duo Raj & DK’s Netflix collection Weapons & Gulaabs, additionally that includes Rajkummar Rao and Adarsh Gourav.


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