‘A really emotional join has occurred.’


Photograph: Kind courtesy Dulquer Salmaan/Instagram

He might not have delivered a success in Bollywood as but, however his identify is kind of acquainted to Hindi movie fans.

Dulquer Salmaan, who has been driving the success wave along with his new launch Sita Ramam, will get prepared for his third Hindi movie Chup: Revenge of the Artist, which follows a serial killer killing movie critics.

Dulquer tells Rediff.com Contributor Mohnish Singh, “We do not actually perceive the ability of nice cinema. You do not consider the attain and the journey of nice cinema and I’ve seen it each time I had a terrific movie.”


Your newest movie Sita Ramam has been garnering reward from critics and audiences. What type of compliments have you ever been receiving to your efficiency?

I’ve been receiving quite a lot of love for the character. So many individuals calling me by the character’s identify.

Some are even saying that Ram should turn into my middle identify.

I feel a really emotional join has occurred.

I noticed a message from a lady who married a military officer at a younger age, and he or she was abandoned. She by no means actually believed he would do this as a result of he’s very patriotic and has labored very laborious. She continues to be ready for him.

These random parallels you by no means think about.


IMAGE: Mrunal Thakur and Dulquer Salmaan in Sita Ramam.

People from Poland and different nations have been watching the movie and praising it on social media. Do you suppose Sita Ramam has expanded your fan base?

Yeah, I consider that we do not actually perceive the ability of nice cinema.

You do not consider the attain and the journey of nice cinema and I’ve seen it each time I had a terrific movie.

My second movie Ustad Hotel travelled far more than I ever imagined.

Before OTT occurred, I went to Hyderabad for the primary time in my life for my first Filmfare award and I met children who have been like, ‘Hey, we cherished Ustad Hotel.’

I requested, ‘How do you know in regards to the movie?’

They mentioned, ‘We have been googling the very best movies of the 12 months and this was on some listing after which we went and located it.’

What I’m saying is that individuals who love cinema will search it out.

I keep in mind distributors telling me that Charlie had a terrific market in Japan.

There was a part in my life once I would get fixed messages from Turkey.

But sure, I undoubtedly suppose Sita Ramam has opened up a complete bunch of latest viewers to my filmography.

They are type of going again and exploring. This is what I’ve at all times sought.

I genuinely and passionately love cinema even earlier than I turned an actor. I’ve at all times been looking for to be part of nice cinema.


IMAGE: Dulquer promotes Chup with Pooja Bhatt and Shreya Dhanwanthary. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar.

As you mentioned, cinema is reaching worldwide, however in at present’s instances, cinema is getting divided between pan-India movies and South vs Bollywood movies. As an actor who has labored in Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi movies, how do you take a look at this state of affairs?

I’ve by no means understood tags.

Maybe in case you give me a tag, I can’t know find out how to react to it.

People know me by my identify. I adore it when movies are identified by their names as a result of similar to you, you might have names that your mother and father gave you however at present your identify stands for who you might be. Tomorrow, when anyone is naming their youngster, perhaps your identify will affect them as a result of they may be like, ‘I named my child this as a result of I need that youngster to be such as you.’


So I really feel like a reputation who’s standing for the movie.

It just isn’t that if you tag it as a Telugu movie or a Hindi movie or a Tamil movie, solely then it should work.

It is cinema that you simply cherished. What we don’t love, we do not speak about.

So I’ve by no means understood phrases like ‘pan-India’.

Or perhaps we try to create completely different classes simply to simplify as a result of we wish to simplify issues.

I get this inquiry fairly often the place it is like, ‘Sir, we now have a pan-Indian script for you.’

You cannot resolve if it is pan-India or not.

Your coming movie is known as Chup: Revenge of the Artiste. Are you that artiste within the movie?

Whoever is taking revenge or no matter, the reveal will be achieved within the movie solely. I can not reveal it.

It might be anybody. It might be Shreya’s character additionally.


IMAGE: Dulquer and Shreya in Chup.

There are many references to the legendary Guru Dutt and considered one of his movies in Chup. How acquainted are you along with his work?

I’ve grown up on a food regimen of Guru Dutt sir’s music.

My mother and father at all times hearken to quite a lot of traditional Hindi songs and ghazals.

We do quite a lot of highway journeys and my dad (the legendary actor Mammootty) likes to drive.

When we shifted from Kerala to Chennai, he by no means, for some purpose, flew us there or took a practice.

He was like, ‘Let’s drive.’

In the automobile, we’d at all times hearken to music.

I do know Guru Dutt sir‘s songs, however I’ve probably not visited the films a lot.

I’ve grown up consuming cinema from in all places and typically you miss sure issues.

But I obtained to study so much about his work via this movie as a result of there are such a lot of references to considered one of his movies inside our movie.

There are pictures of me watching Kaagaz Ke Phool. I genuinely cherished watching it. I need to revisit his total filmography.

But the factor is that after you turn into an actor, it’s a bit difficult to search out time to look at cinema.

Also, I’ve a 5 12 months previous at residence who decides what we watch. So I’ve to attend until she goes to sleep.

Don’t Miss Part 2 of a full of life interview with the wonderful Dulquer Salmaan on Wednesday!

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