Actor Saqib Saleem who was last seen in Bombay Talkies along with Rani Mukerji and Randeep Hooda is gearing for his next release Hawaa Hawaai, directed by Amol Gupte of Stanley Ka Dabba fame.
The 26-year-olds actor feels that he was taken more seriously as an actor post his small role in Bombay Talkies. He feels that people do not take your work in rom-coms and comedies with seriousness. He says, “Even my mother thought Bombay Talkies was my best performance till date.” Bombay Talkies was as much talked about because it was made to mark the celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema as for the screen kiss shared by Saqib and his co-star Randeep.
Playing a Gay character did not come easy for the young actor who was just doing his third film at the time. “It took a lot of figuring out as to how to do that part but Karan really helped me. And as an actor, you shouldn’t stop yourself. I was getting an opportunity to celebrate 100 years of cinema. I’m still at such a nascent stage in my career. It was directed by Karan Johar, shot by Anil Mehta. Am I a fool not to do it?”
Bombay Talkies got Saqib great reviews and the actor also earned a newfound fan following among the homosexual community. Says Saqib matter-of-factly, “If you have to become a big star in the country, you need to have gay fan following. And what’s wrong with it? I have so many friends who are gay. I don’t make friends because they are straight or gay. I don’t know why people make it such a big thing.