EXCLUSIVE | Outsiders are constantly thinking if they fit in or not, says Saqib Saleem

If I work with someone and form a friendship, great, but I am not going to go out of my way to form friendships just because the industry works like that. After seven years in the Hindi film industry, actor Saqib Salem seems to have finally entered the happening phase of his career with two releases this year including superstar Salman Khan’s Race 3. Which star kid is working well despite being bad?”
“It’s very simple. So, this nepotism doesn’t work much now. If he is eating, then he makes sure you also eat. What is also keeping the actor’s spirits high is the fact that he is sharing screen space with superstar Salman Khan in the third instalment of the Race franchise. That the industry treats star kids and outsiders differently is a fact that is well substantiated by the unequal distribution of work between them. He is a very caring person. So, if I am going to keep cribbing about the opportunities that they are getting, then I am stupid. So, you have to be good to be getting work continuously. If you’re good, you’re good. The young actor says underneath the image of a superstar, lies the most real guy that makes Salman different from anyone he has ever worked with. He makes sure you are always well fed. It arrives in theatres on March 9. “People just see the image of a superstar but if they get to hang out with him, they will realise he is one of the most awesome guys you will ever come across. “I don’t want to ask myself so many questions. “Sometimes you do need somebody for sound advice. Am I allowed to do this? “After a film or two, you don’t get a film if you are not good. Talking about working with Salman, Saqib says it is fascinating to interact with the star, who loves sharing stories and anecdotes with people on the set. He is just so real that you feel God does not make guys like him anymore. Saqib agrees but adds that things are changing, as he cites examples of Rajkummar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana – both outsiders – who today are among the sought-after actors in Bollywood. You just have to believe in yourself and if you are going to think, ‘He got the film because he is the son of so and so parent,’ then you will never get work because you have a bad attitude,” he said. If I am only going to make friendships thinking I can use him or her in a way then I am doing it for the wrong reason,” quipped Saqib. Industry has become much more open today. If you are talented, nobody can stop you. 2018-02-22T07:38:57+00:00″>
Published: February 22, 2018 7:38 am

Saqib Saleem steers clear from industry insiders and surrounds himself with people, who he has known from before he became a Bollywood actor. He (Salman) just says what he feels.”
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd We are always thinking do we fit in or do we not fit in. He got into the kind of work out I was doing. He gave me tips,” revealed Saqib Saleem. It’s just human nature to have that (thought), ‘Am I fitting in? We keep fighting about it. His stories are legendary and more than that the way he tells his stories, with so much passion and love, is fascinating. He checks up on what you are eating. My dad runs restaurants and if tomorrow I want to open a restaurant, it will be easier for me than for anyone from any other field. On his own career front, Saqib’s pumped up as he is gearing up for the release of Dil Junglee, his romantic-comedy with Taapsee Pannu. (But) what an Arjun Kapoor is going through, only he knows, he has his own struggles. Today, an Ayushmann is getting opportunities because he is good, a Rajkummar is having the best time of his career because he is good. “I have always said this and will again say that it’s not because of the industry but, people, who come from outside the industry, like I have, no matter what, we always have an outsider complex. He is so much fun. So, I have never felt lonely because I have had great friends in life, who have always been there with me.”
Keeping a distance from the industry people has its own disadvantages. So, I might as well have my own set of people, I have grown up with and I am friends with. “Everybody, today, wants to work. Of course, they have access. But if there’s something that remains consistent in him, it is what he calls the “outsider complex”. The actor admits he and his actor sister Huma Qureshi miss having someone in the profession by their side to give them an insider’s perspective on things that matter. Thankfully, Huma (his sister) and I have each other but sometimes you want an insider’s opinion on things in the industry, that you wish someone is there but… it’s okay, with time and our journey, we will find people, we will have friendships. Saqib Saleem has, however, learnt to deal with this dilemma, by steering clear from the industry insiders and surrounding himself with people, who he has known from before he became a Bollywood actor. It’s simple. Am I allowed to be talking to him like that?’” said Saqib. He doesn’t make such real guys anymore. You can’t do anything about it. If bad, then bad. “Initially, it is intimidating but once you break the ice with him then he is the best guy you can hang out with.