Dulquer Salmaan, Establishing his own identity

DC | LOGESH BALACHANDRAN
Published Jan 25, 2014, 6:26 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 7:58 am IST

Being a star kid means one is up against expectations and comparisons. And the stakes are usually higher when one is the son of a superstar, who has explored the nuances of acting. Dulquer Salmaan has impressed the audience with his acting skills and has kept the cash registers ringing too — even though being born into a film background does not automatically guarantee success or a huge fan following.

Dulquer’s last film 'Pattam Pole' was a hit. His Malayalam flick, 'Salala Mobiles', was released on January 23. Next month, his Tamil flick, Vaai Moodi Pesavum, directed by Balaji Mohan, will hit the screens. Dulquer  says, “I spend most of my days in Chennai, and in fact, found my better half in this place. The Tamil industry is really competitive and has beautiful films too. So yes, I wish to shuttle between Mollywood and Kollywood .”

“I immediately agreed to do the film, Vaai Moodi Pesavum, as I was impressed with the script. I had seen his previous film, Kadhalil Sothapuvadhu Eppadi, and was able to relate to it easily,” says Dulquer.

His character in the film is that of ‘a bubbly, fun guy’, he says. Interestingly, Nazriya Nazim is paired opposite him in both 'Salala Mobiles', and Vaai Moodi Pesavum. According to Dulquer, Nazriya is one of the few actors who can emote and be expressive on screen. “She always spreads a positive vibe on the set, and is a very happy soul. Nazriya is more like my younger cousins, and in fact, when she was a kid, she acted with my dad in a film. We have known her since then,” he says.

Dulquer’s aim is to be different, be his own person, not be an imitation of his father or any other actor. After his first film, people did compare him with his father and he was glad about it, but he also wanted a special identity for himself. “I am happy to have garnered positive comments from people in relation to my dad, but I feel that I look way different from him. Also, my films and the roles that I choose are not like what my dad used to do, and my dad is proud about it. The best attribute of my dad’s that I wish to incorporate is the focus and integrity that he possesses. He is such a dedicated artiste,” he says.

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