Saqib Saleem made a promising start in Bollywood and audience was expecting to see more of him on big screen but the actor says he decided to stick to good content rather than opting for back-to-back films. The 28-year-old Mere Dad Ki Maruti actor says he will not do a project just for the sake of being noticed. “I can’t do too many films. I take time with my films and I want to work on every script properly before I move on to something else.
“Sometimes, people don’t make the kind of films you want to do. So, I took a call that I will not do films. It is better to do a right a film rather than a bad project,” Saqib told PTI.
The actor, who also made a striking appearance in “Bombay Talkies,” says he was also absent from the silver screen because some of his projects got shelved. “I was doing a couple of films which got shelved before a week the shooting was supposed to start. I guess that also put me at the backfoot. I was driving things in life on fourth gear, but now I am on third gear.
“I need to accelerate things. But I will still not sign everything that comes to me. I will stick to doing right films and not lie to myself or the audience.” Saqib’s next project is a happy and fun love story which also stars “Pink” actress Taapsee Pannu. The cast and crew are in Delhi for the shooting.
“I am very excited as I have never shot in Delhi before. This is my home, I have grown up here and there is nothing more special than shooting in your hometown. And more than me, my friends and family are exited. They want to visit the sets. I am looking forward to the schedule.”
Saqib, who is the younger brother of actress Huma Qureshi, moved to Mumbai to pursue his acting dreams. The actor says even though he misses his hometown a lot, he cherishes the feeling of being independent that Mumbai has given him.
“I came to Mumbai with the idea of being independent. Before coming here, I had never been independent. I was looking forward to shifting to Mumbai. I will be able to live alone. I didn’t have any problem in adjusting as I was very enthusiastic.
“Not everybody can match up to the pace of Mumbai. If you get that pace, you love it and if you don’t you are always trying to match up.” However, he still gets into the Delhi-Mumbai debate.”Delhi- Mumbai debate will always be there. Though I am Dilliwala by heart, I know I can’t live anywhere else other than Mumbai. The vibe of the city is amazing. My heart is in Delhi and my life is in Mumbai.”
The actor, meanwhile, is planning to indulge in some delicious home-cooked food. “I have not eaten a good unhealthy meal for a long time
as I have to keep fit for my role in the film. I am missing a lot of Mughlai dishes. And I wish to hog on to some delicious food my mom cooks.
“I miss Delhi food a lot. My dad doesn’t understand why I am eating low calorie high protein food.”