Dulquer Salmaan predominantly works in Malayalam Cinema, and has a knack to choose some amazing scripts and characters. Though he is the son of Superstar Mammotty, Dulquer made his individual mark without the “nepotism factor”. His coming-of-age Ustad Hotel (2012) made him a household name, followed by Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days (2014), Mani Ratnam’s OK Kanmani (2015) and Rajeev Ravi’s Kammatipaadam (2016). He’s making a Hindi debut with Akarsh Khurana’s Karwaan co-starring Irrfan and Mithila Palkar.
Q. It’s a rare sight in Malayalam Cinema to witness successful second generation actors?
A. Malayalam Cinema has not have succeeded with second generation actors from a film family, they’re a ‘minority’ with Prithviraj and Fahadh Faasil. Most people in Kerala didn’t know Mammotty had a son, it’s a state where you’re appreciated only by your work. I wasn’t raised to be an actor, my Mother always told his Father struck a big lottery and will run out one day.
Q. What goes behind choosing scripts?
A. I want to challenge myself, and grab characters which people think I can’t do. This helps me to explore myself as an Actor. I don’t want to be categorised in specific zone, hence I’ve a diverse filmography which includes a film like Charlie, Oh Kadhal Kanmani as well as Kammatipaadam.
Q. Working in other languages, Oh Kadhal Kanmani in Tamil and Karwaan in Hindi?
A. I don’t want to play a Malayali in other language films, I want to be able to pull a character from that specific part. Since I grew up in cosmopolitan atmosphere, Oh Kadhal Kanmani suited me, also the fact I spend the growing years in Chennai. If you don’t think I can speak Hindi, just tell me – I’m just exploring the opportunities generated from my Malayalam filmography.
Q. From the trailer of Karwaan, it is evident that you’ve managed to get perfect nuances of Hindi. Also, it was shot on sync sound?
A. That’s the challenging factor. Shooting on sync sound is still a new concept, we’re able to retain the nuances which you will never be able to recreate during during. But, it’s still odd to have a retake for sound…
Q. Stepping into others shoes, from Hindi?
A. I would strive be an actor like Rajkummar Rao who is taken seriously and has some serious films for longevity.
Dulquer’s forthcoming projects include
Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal (Tamil), Vaan (Tamil) and Zoya Factor (Hindi).
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