Dulquer Salmaan, the talented actor hailing from Kerala has managed to carve a path for himself in every industry that he’s worked in. He’s now gearing up for his fourth debut, this time in Hindi Cinema with ‘Karwaan’. Salmaan is son of Malayalam superstar Mammootty, however he’s truly a star in his own right.
Talking to The Asian Age about his upcoming release, Salmaan shared, “I didn’t read the script of Karwaan thinking of it as my Bollywood debut. Even when I did my first Telugu film, Mahanati, I wasn’t looking at it as a debut. I analyse films irrespective of language. I liked Karwaan for its interesting yet realistic premise. A lot of my movies are quite relatable. I try to find that balance between commercial and content-driven films.”
Salmaan considers himself fortunate to be making his debut for the fourth time. “I am quite blessed, I look at it positively. Each new language opens new doors for me. To be making another debut after six years and 25 films is really cool. Hindi was my second language in school so I didn’t have much trouble with it. But I’ve never had the chance to learn Telugu because I haven’t been exposed to the language much. In college, the few friends that I had from Hyderabad would always converse in English. I discovered the language during the making of Mahanati and realised how expressive and beautiful it is,” he said.
Currently in Hyderabad to promote his upcoming film, Salmaan shared that he also had the opportunity to spend some quality time with his father. “Dad and I are staying in the same hotel, on the same floor. We briefly said hi before he left for the day today, but we were able to catch up for dinner last night,” he added.
In 1990, Salmaan’s father made his Tamil debut alongside Amala Akkineni, and 28 years later, Salmaan has had the opportunity to work with her in ‘Karwaan’. “Working with Amala was delightful. She worked with my father in his Tamil debut, and she would tell me anecdotes from that time, so there was a different kind of bonding between us. So far, I have only seen her at home, with her kids, so it was nice to have actually been able to work with her. I am very close to Naga, Chaitanya and Akhil, and even Rana. We all have a Chennai connection and common friends,” shared Salmaan.
‘Karwaan’ is scheduled to release on the 3rd of August, 2018.