When requested about his resolution in The Zoya Issue, Dulquer Salmaan is emphatic, “It was a bit of a no-brainer for me,” he says. It’s his second Hindi movie after the Irrfan Khan-starrer Karwaan (2018). Approached by producers and long-time pals Pooja and Aarti Shetty, Salmaan agreed swiftly to do the movie. He had been impressed by the group’s intent. Coupled with that was the full of life mix of cricket, romance and comedy that the script based mostly on Anuja Chauhan’s widespread novel supplied.
Sports activities and the actor
However for the actor who had not performed a sportsman on display earlier than, it was vital to get the cricket proper. “When you are playing the captain of an international cricket team of a country like India, it has to be convincing,” he says. Salmaan skilled with skilled coaches for the position however he additionally remembers how assistant administrators and crew members would normally come as much as supply tips on physique language and posture which they’d gleaned from varied cricketers. Which, he admits, helped him to make the character look extra genuine. “A lot of my activities in and around the pitch were suggested to me by many different departments of the film,” he recollects. This was vital particularly given the visibility of the sport and the sort of enthusiasm it evokes. “You can see the passion in them… for all of those people I wanted to get it right,” he says.
Furthermore, a number of of Chauhan’s characters are impressed from folks the previous promoting government has identified and labored with. “Nikhil has elements of some of our most loved captains,” Salmaan says of his personal character. Chauhan nevertheless introduced in new components for the movie which weren’t initially part of the e-book. Particularly, the captain’s character was enriched for the display adaptation.
Though that is Salmaan’s first sports activities movie, he’s excited by movies like Keep in mind the Titans, Rudy and Indian favourites like Lagaan, Dangal and Chak De! India. The actor admits that the theme of wrestle inherent within the style is current right here too though not like the traditional sports activities movie, The Zoya Issue has a lighter and distinctly comedian undertone. The wrestle relates specifically to his personal character’s beliefs in regards to the group’s arduous work, talent and health that are against a simplistic attribution to luck which many within the movie more and more favour. This additionally constitutes the movie’s central battle. This wrestle, he believes, makes the cricketing side of the movie plausible and does justice to the game.
Salmaan applauds director Abhishek Sharma knack for comedy. Sharma has beforehand directed comedies like Tere Bin Laden and The Shaukeens. The actor can be appreciative of Sharma’s simple method which helps actors experiment and improvise. “People who laugh easily are easy to work with,” he observes.
Salmaan debuted in Malayalam cinema in 2012 with Second Present and has since labored in a number of movies in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil together with the critically appreciated Ustad Lodge and Mani Ratnam’s O Kadhal Kanmani. “I have always been lucky in terms of the teams I have worked with,” he notes.
The actor chuckles on the concept, that he’s nonetheless comparatively new throughout the Hindi movie house, and would possibly get bumped round on the set when a prop is being moved as an example. However is fast to guarantee that this doesn’t trouble him in any respect: “It’s good – it brings you back down to earth.” Salmaan finds the Hindi movie trade extra various and states that whereas the Malayalam trade will not be based mostly out of a selected metropolis, for Tamil, Telugu and Hindi cinema a lot of the work is concentrated in Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai respectively. Consequently, “The fabric and culture of those cities come into those industries,” he shares. About his personal ambitions inside them, he asserts, “For every trade, after I have a look at my line-up, I wish to try to shock the viewers.”