Saqib Saleem

Saqib Saleem Qureshi (pronounced [saːqib səˈliːm qureːʃiː]; born 8 April 1988) is an Indian film actor and model who works in the Hindi film industry.[2][3] He worked as a model before beginning his film career. After moving to Mumbai, Saleem appeared in several advertisements. While doing television commercials, he grew interest in films and started auditioning for film roles, eventually signing a two-film deal with the Y-Films, a subsidiary of the Yash Raj Films (YRF), as an actor.[4][5][6]

Saqib Saleem
Saqib Saleem walks the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week 2018.jpg
Saleem at the Lakme Fashion Week 2018
Born (1988-04-08) 8 April 1988 (age 32)
Delhi, India
OccupationActor, model
Years active2011–present
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
RelativesHuma Qureshi (sister)[1]

Saleem made his acting debut with a leading role in the 2011 romantic comedy Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, a box-office success. He was appreciated for his performance in the film and earned a Filmfare Award nomination in the Best Male Debut category. The following year, he completed his two-film contract with the Y-Films by appearing in Mere Dad Ki Maruti, a romantic comedy that proved to be a critical and commercial success. Subsequently, he played a closeted gay person in a segment directed by Karan Johar in the experimental anthology Bombay Talkies (2013) and his highest-grossing release came with the action thriller Race 3 (2018).[7][8][9][10]

In addition to acting in films, Saleem is an active Charitable worker, has a number of endorsement deals, and a member of the "Mumbai Heroes" at the Celebrity Cricket League, a non-professional men's cricket league in India.

Early life and modeling careerEdit

Saqib Saleem was born in Delhi, India. His father, Saleem Qureshi, is a restaurateur, and runs a chain of 10 restaurants called Saleem's, all around Delhi. His mother, Ameena Qureshi, is a house wife.[11] He has one sister Huma Qureshi and two brothers, Naeem Qureshi and Haseen Qureshi.[12][13][14] During college, Saqib briefly assisted in the running of the restaurants, but did not like it.[15] By that time Saqib had already started modelling, and he moved to Mumbai despite his father's preference that he stay in Delhi and earn a Master of Business Administration degree.[15]

Saqib started his career with Cricket playing for Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir.[16]A cricketer all his life Saqib never thought of becoming an actor.[17] After reaching Mumbai, Saleem started out by doing a few modelling assignments, eventually moving into television advertisements for brands like Pepsi, Lays (with actor Ranbir Kapoor), Tata Docomo, Bar One, KFC, Airtel, Sprite and others.[15] While shooting for the ads, Saqib's interest grew in acting and he started auditioning for film roles in Bollywood films.[15] His close friend, fashion designer Varun Bahl, helped him get a chance to audition for Yash Raj Films. "It was gruelling," he recalls. After eight months of auditioning, he bagged the leading role in the Y-Films romantic comedy Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge.[18]

CareerEdit

2010-12: Debut and breakthroughEdit

"Today's youth spend a lot of time on Facebook. You are constantly connected to each other through so many things like BBM. I feel the ways our lives have been till now, our college experiences, the fun we had back then. We drew inspiration from all these things."

—Saleem talking about his main inspiration behind the character of Vishal in Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge'.[19]

 
Saleem (left) with Tara D'Souza, Saba Azad and Nishat Dahaiya at the promotional event of Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge in 2011.

In 2010, one of his friends informed him that Bollywood film production house Yash Raj Films (YRF) was auditioning for new faces. Saleem was interested and he gave his audition.[15] However, it was 8–9 months before he got confirmation from the production house that he had been selected.[15] The film for which he was selected for was Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, a romantic comedy set against the backdrop of social networking site Facebook; it was directed by debutante Nupur Asthana.[15] Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge is a love story which develops on Facebook where the protagonists change identities to make their partners fall in love with them.[19] Starring newcomers Nishant Dahiya and Saba Azad, along with Saleem and Tara D’Souza, the film was released under Y-Films, a subsidiary of YRF.[20] The role that Saleem had to play was that of a college prankster called Vishal Bhatt, who with his friend Hacky, go on playing pranks on their friends.[21] Saleem explained that he "liked the script and I did it. I feel the youth will relate and connect with it. I think the movie will put me in a different light and open lot of doors for me."[15] The youngsters had to undergo a month of workshops under Aditya Chopra, where they rehearsed each other's lines from the script.[19]

Filming began in April 2011, with production continuing till August 2011. Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge released all over India on 14 October 2011, and became a critical success. Anupama Chopra from NDTV complimented the film for being a hackneyed love story, but excitingly brewed with fresh faces. She also commended Saleem's and Azad's acting, calling them faces to look out for in the coming years.[21] Filmfare's Karishma Loynmoon applauded the chemistry and comic timing between Saleem and Azad, and overall dedicating the success of the film to them.[22] Her view was shared by Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India, who added that the film "brimmed over" with youth iconography.[23] Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge scored high over the other releases like Aazaan and My Friend Pinto. The film collected about 5 million (US$70,000) on the first day of its release, adding it to first weekend collection of about 22.5 million (US$320,000) in the opening weekend. It was declared an average grosser by Box Office India.[24][25] By the end of 2011, Saleem was touted as the best newcomer of the year, with Robin Bansal from Hindustan Times commenting that "Saleem’s American Pie college boy style is expected to take him places, if he manages to get plum film projects in the future." Critic Joginder Tuteja commented that although Saleem did not have the personality of a quintessential Bollywood hero, he made his presence felt in Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge. "It will be a pity if he isn’t seen in the years to come", concluded Tuteja.[26] At the 57th Filmfare Awards, Saleem was nominated in the Best Male Debut category.

2013-present: Recent workEdit

 
Saleem at the audio release of Mere Dad Ki Maruti in 2013.

The following year, Saleem appeared in Y-Films's comedy Mere Dad Ki Maruti, opposite Rhea Chakraborty, which was directed by Ashima Chibber. The film revolves around a Punjabi wedding, where a boy (played by Saleem) steals his father's car to impress a girl and portrays how his plans go astray.[27] The year 2013 saw the release of the experimental anthology film Bombay Talkies consisting of four short films. Saleem was part of the Karan Johar's segment titled "Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh", opposite Rani Mukerji and Randeep Hooda. He played the role of Avinash, a young homosexual man, who is infatuated by his co-worker's husband.

Saleem followed this success with a lead role of Aniket Bhargava, a skating coach in the 2014 passionate drama Hawaa Hawaai. Directed by Amol Gupte, the film was proved to be a critical and commercial success, and Saleem received positive reviews for his performance; film critic Subhash K. Jha concluded, "Saqib is very cinematic, we witness the full force of Saqib's virtuosity."[28] Noyon Jyoti Parasara wrote that "Saqib justifies his place".[29][30] Saleem's next role was of a cricketer in the action thriller Dishoom (2016), also starring Varun Dhawan, John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez. Although Saleem said that the story of the film revolves around his character, critics noted that his "brief role" was overshadowed by the film's leading cast.[31] The films was a commercial success. Despite mixed reviews, the film proved to be moderately successful at the box office.[32] The Relativity Media and Balaji Telefilms joint-production Dobaara: See Your Evil featured Saleem and her sister (Huma Qureshi) as the children who are convicted with their parents murder.[33][34] Directed by Prawaal Raman, the film was the official remake of the 2014 Hollywood film Oculus, and received mixed reviews from critics.[35][36] The romantic comedy Dil Juunglee saw Saleem play a typical Delhi boy who aspires to be an actor but falls in love with his best friend (played by Taapsee Pannu). Although the film was poorly received and failed at the Box Office India, Saleem and Pannu's on-screen chemistry was praised by several critics. Sweta Kausal of Hindustan Times said that it was only "Taapsee Pannu’s charm and Saqib Saleem’s earthiness that keep the movie from getting unbearable."[37] Renuka Vyavahare of The Times of India commented "Barring the earnest performances of the lead actors and the supporting cast, there’s absolutely nothing wild or memorable about the film."[38] After this he has worked in action-thriller Race 3 directed by choreographer changed director Remo D' Souza also starring Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Anil Kapoor. The film is commercial success.

Off-screen workEdit

In addition to acting in films and modeling, Saleem is a member of the "Mumbai Heroes" along with several actors at the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL), a non-professional men's cricket league in India consisting of film actors from eight regional film industries of the Indian cinema. The league was commenced in 2011, and since its establishment, it has been widely reported in the Indian media.

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Vishal Bhatt Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
2013 Mere Dad Ki Maruti Sameer Khullar
Bombay Talkies Avinash Segment: "Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh"
2014 Hawaa Hawaai Aniket Bhargava
2016 Dishoom Viraj Sharma
2017 Dobaara: See Your Evil Kabir Alex Merchant
2018 Dil Juunglee Sumit Uppal
Race 3 Suraj Singh
2020 83 Mohinder Amarnath Post-production
Comedy Couple Deep Sharma Zee5 film; Filming

Web SeriesEdit

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2018 Rangbaaz Shiv Prakash Shukla ZEE5
2019 Pyaar Actually - Real is Rare Vishal Hotstar
2020 Crackdown Riyaz Pathan Voot Released on September 23, 2020[39]

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