Malayalam film star Dulquer Salmaan makes it a point to focus on work, and not the stardom it brings.
“Honestly, I do not take my stardom seriously, only work. I know my fans love me because of my work. Yes, if they are my fans, they will come to watch me in theatres even if the film is not so good.But if I am continuously delivering bad films, no one will come to watch me. So, all that matters is a good film,” Dulquer told IANS.
The actor only accepts films that he believes in. “So, yes, my parameter of choosing a script applies for everybody. I think as an actor, if I cannot see myself in the character that I have been offered, I cannot play the part. So I do not do a film unless convinced.”
The actor was one of the jury members of the short film section – Dimension of the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.
He watched 17 films and said: “These films not only show the potential of the budding filmmakers but also gave me a perspective of Mumbai. I lived there for my acting classes for some time. I felt the spirit of Mumbai and its energy in those films.”
The Bollywood and south Indian film industry are going through an interesting cultural exchange. Such collaborations are the best way to celebrate the ‘inclusive nature’ of our culture, Dulquer said.
“I think that is the best way to celebrate the inclusive nature of our culture, firstly. And I think this is but natural because we are all migrating to parts of India and getting familiar with each other’s culture. So as a Punjabi, you must be having some south Indian friends with whom you share films and talk on that. That is how you get a glimpse of Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu cinema.”
“Of course, if you like any actor in that, you slowly start admiring him and that is how our fan following expands. In films, we utilize that to get a greater reach. I see more of such collaborations happen in future.”
Dulquer Salman was last seen in Bejoy Nambiar’s Solo.