Dulquer Salmaan is in every single place… within the Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi movie industries. This omnipresence does make him marvel the place his profession is headed to proper now, “I’m always working. Maybe it’s just that nobody is working in so many industries at the moment,” says Dulquer with a chuckle, harking back to the one which made ladies swoon over him, when OK Kanmani hit screens in 2015.
Dulquer reveals an fascinating info on how he filters content material, one which will or could not assure you his dates. The actor prefers a narration from the director. “I get a sense of their vision when they narrate. If I’m reading a script, I have a different movie that is playing in my head. That’s why some of the movies have failed,” he laughs, “I need to see how passionate they are…to get a better sense of the world.” He says he would moderately sit idle and binge-watch motion pictures than enroll tasks only for the sake of it. That did occur to a big extent, when he was out of labor for nearly 9 months lately.
A visiting actor
Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal (KKK) marks the directorial début of Desingh Periyasamy. It isn’t that Dulquer has not labored with newcomers earlier than. However what satisfied him of KKK was Periyasamy’s crisp narration. “It was fast-paced. The movie is packed with emotion and the intensity doesn’t drop even by an ounce,” he says, clarifying that KKK shouldn’t be a homage to Mani Ratnam’s Thiruda Thiruda, the title of which was taken from the music ‘Kannum Kannum’.
Dulquer returns to Tamil cinema following Solo in 2017. A phrase of warning; don’t use the phrase ‘comeback’ to explain his re-entry. He says he prefers to label himself a “visiting actor”. Says Dulquer, “I cannot plan my career here like how a Tamil actor would do. Because he/she is predominately focusing on Tamil Nadu, which I cannot afford.” Ask him how he handled the failure of Solo and he says, “Life goes on. It wasn’t the top of my profession. When Solo launched, I had motion pictures lined up for a yr,” he says, including, “It’s my mom who gets worked up when my movies flop. I’ll have to console her saying, ‘Ma, I have movies for a year’.”
What’s DQ chasing?
- Dulquer has at all times been torn between taking part in character-driven roles and star-vehicles. He performs a captivating, romantic-at-heart character in a film like Charlie however on the identical time, he surprises with a film like Kammatipaadam. “Which is nice in hindsight. But if I don’t find a character worth of substance for a while, then I’m like ‘where am I heading?’. It’s because I’m greedy about good content.”
- He does acknowledge that there’s a good bit of typecasting within the trade, particularly when he’s provided has-been roles. “But a character-driven role doesn’t necessarily guarantee a good movie, right?,” he continues, “On the finish of the day, I’ve to shoulder the undertaking — whether or not it’s Kammatipaadam, Parava or Mahanati.”
One other facet of Dulquer you have to know is that this: he turns down rom-coms each day. However that doesn’t take away the truth that he grew to become the poster boy of romance when Mani Ratnam launched him in Tamil. Dulquer takes a pause and begins by emphasising, “KKK shouldn’t be a rom-com, if that’s what you’re considering.” He explains, “It has romance, is racy in components and has a thriller ingredient to it. When it comes to my line-up this yr, I believe KKK stands out.”
System at fault
However Dulquer shouldn’t be the one star of KKK. The film has filmmaker Gautham Menon taking part in an prolonged position, “We were all fanboying over him [Gautham Menon] as if some superstar had arrived on the sets,” says Dulquer, “He brought a certain amount of maturity to it.”
KKK was billed as Dulquer’s 25th film, had it not been muddled by monetary crunches. Delays, manufacturing points and bad-marketing are an inevitable a part of the glitzy, glam world of the film trade. Dulquer is conscious of that, even when it places him in helpless conditions at occasions. It was one of many explanation why he established his personal manufacturing agency, to help younger filmmakers, warranting a clean launch. “Being invested in a project and marketing it right is a lot of commitment. We face delays in release when that fails. It’s frustrating sometimes when you aren’t allowed to work and they lock you down with your previous movies,” says Dulquer, about how he dealt with the delayed launch of KKK, whose manufacturing started in 2017.
Inside Dulquer’s world
The actor feels that there’s room for everybody and anybody in Malayalam cinema. “Whoever does good work will get the lion’s share. Take a film like Kumbalangi Nights as an example. It’s a small film, however did nice numbers. It’s the identical case with Anjaam Pathiraa. In the end, one must rethink the way in which scripts are being written.”
Each actor is insecure in in some way, and Dulquer Salmaan isn’t any completely different. “I’m insecure about my growth,” says the actor. Increasing additional, he says, “If you earlier talked about typecasting, I’m starting to assume if the viewers perceives me that manner. That’s why I break free from the mould and do a film like Kammatipaadam. However, I can not create a film like that. It has to search out me.”