Dulquer Salmaan says he was advised not to become an actor: “I thought, What makes you think I can’t act?”

There would never have been any Bangalore days, Charlie, Kadal Kanmani, Kurup, or the latest Sita Ramam song with him, had Dulquer Salmaan followed the suggestion he received when he was working at an IT company: Don’t become an actor.

Dulquer, who made his acting debut a decade ago with the thriller Second Show, has appeared in more than 30 films in his career. In an interview with indianexpress.com, the actor expressed his gratitude for being advised not to act as it made him chase after her even more.

“I was told ‘Don’t act.’ Someone said to me, I think he planted the first seed in my head. They told me this very early on, when I was a freshman from college. They asked, ‘What do you do?’ When I said I work for (company) For IT, I was told, “Don’t act.” I thought, What makes you think I can’t act? So, I must!”

Considered one of the brightest talents working today, Dulquer has appeared in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films. After three consecutive releases this year – Tamil rom-com Hey Sinamika, Malayalam Crime thriller Salute and Telugu period romantic drama Sita Ramam – Dulquer awaits the release of his upcoming movie Chup.

Directed by R. Pleky, the Hindi film is described as a psychological thriller that follows a serial killer (Dulquer) who engraves stars in the bodies of his victims, film critics. The actor says he fiddled with the part given to him by Blake but feels his role is better than the discussion after the movie.

“I felt like Sir Belkey ​​was venturing into an interesting space. It’s not like any of his previous films, nor is it like anything I’ve done before, so I was curious about it. The character is very interesting, has a lot of layers and is very complex .

“It also feels like your average Joe, and you can’t pick it out from a crowd, it just blends into the background. I really like it. But it’s a character I’d like to discuss after the movie. It’s a hard movie to discuss before.”

While Dulquer appears on screen to chase film critics, in real life the actor is much kinder to reviews. He reads articles about his films and shows but is not sure where to focus more: reviews by critics or word of mouth from audiences.

“No matter if it’s good or bad, if it matches the performance of the film, and how I think it’s shaped, I can buy it. I’m sure of that. But obviously if there’s harsh criticism against me, it affects my mind. Meaning, does Do I need to improve something, do I need to try something else, do I need to do a certain other kind of cinema. It’s not something I do consciously but it happens, it exists,” he adds.

Chubb also stars Sunny Deol, Pooja Bhatt, and Shreya Dhanwanthari and is set to release on September 23. The film will be released in cinemas at a time when only a few Hindi films have worked at the box office. But, Dulquer says, going through the ups and downs is a routine for any film industry.

The actor says that people have always wanted to be entertained because the love of cinema is “engraved in our culture, it’s in our DNA” and thus, Dolker feels, Bollywood can be “written off”.

“Every industry goes through a bit of a lull sometimes, when we have a little bit of a disconnect in what the audience wants. It’s not something we can always predict. We keep pushing ourselves, we keep getting creative, we make good movies. I’m sure a lot of things have come before Pandemic Now some tastes have changed It’s also a giant industry.

“The gestation period here is much longer than in the Malayalam industry, where we can get the movies out much faster. You just have to give it some time. I don’t know why we keep playing the movies that didn’t work, when there are hit movies, they are constantly forgotten. Bhool Numbers Bhulaiyaa 2, Jugjugg Jeeyo… We love this ending of world theory. You can’t write off an industry,” he adds.


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