People Up North, Are You Ready to Be Charmed By Dulquer Salmaan?

A Dulquer Salmaan fan wishes he takes up many more Bollywood roles in future.

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I don’t understand his language, but God, whenever he turns to the camera with his smirk, I die.

One has to be deeply in love with an actor to watch all his movies with subtitles, right? And Dulquer Salmaan gives you all the right reasons. He’s done plenty of roles in Malayalam and a couple of Tamil films and has surprised the audience every time with his dapper personality and his range of mature acting.

I don’t understand his language, but God, whenever he turns to the camera with his smirk, I die.
Tell me you agree with me, already! 
Tell me you agree with me, already! 
(Photo: GIPHY) 

So, as Dulquer’s Bollywood debut Karwaan is all set to hit theatres, I say Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and the rest - watch out!


Dulquer’s Karwaan so Far...

Dulquer is a Malayali actor who debuted in 2012 with Second Show and took home the award for the Best Newcomer. He’s Malayalam superstar Mammootty’s son and before he became the star that he is today, Dulquer worked as a business manager. And now, it’s time for another leap.

Dulquer or DQ (as he is fondly called) has never shied away from trying his hand at acting in other languages. He shot with Mani Ratnam for OK Kanmani in Tamil, in which he convincingly played the role of an ambitious game developer who accidentally falls in love with Tara (Nithya Menen).

Dulquer’s recent release, Mahanati, was a Telugu film in which he took on the challenge of portraying the legendary Telugu star Gemini Ganesan. Needless to say, he’s one actor who has made ‘trying out different languages’ his thing now.

In the Malayalam film industry, they are quite proud of the fact that I am convincingly speaking these languages. When Mahanati worked, it was like, “Oh, our boy has gone to work in another language and done well.”
Dulquer Salmaan in an interview with Anupama Chopra
When you talk about me - you say Ustad Hotel, Bangalore Days or Charlie - you don’t just say, “He’s Mammootty’s son.” 
Dulquer Salmaan in an interview with Anupama Chopra

Since his debut in 2012, Dulquer is one actor who has been careful with the scripts he’s chosen and at the same time he’s always maintained he’s here to do some memorable roles. And there’s a reason he takes his opportunities bloody seriously - DQ was working a 9 to 5 job in Dubai when he took the risk of becoming an actor.

Dulquer’s Strength Is His ‘Real’ Image

One look at Dulquer’s Instagram account and bam! He’s out there to give you a peek into his real life. Whether it’s his kid, his love for cars or just a personal anecdote. He writes long captions to explain each photo he puts.

In an interview, he also said that he’s been brought up being taught the worth of things around him, which makes him a humbled star and human being. He’s not there to impress you, he’s there to connect.

And wait, if you thought DQ’s emotional about just that, you’re wrong. Dulquer is one actor who has taken to social media platforms time and again to express his opinion about audience’s reaction.

After Solo’s release, which invited some criticism, Dulquer took to Facebook to reach out to his fans, which he said was no less than an “essay”.

I Am Not Here to Conquer Something: Dulquer

In an interview with Rajeev Masand recently, Dulquer said he thinks Karwaan is a great opportunity but he’s not here to conquer anything. India has so many languages and that he was waiting for the right script to come along.

All through his career so far, it shows he likes a tailor-made believable script that connects with the audience. In Ustad Hotel, his second film, he played the role of a young boy who wants to be a chef and make it on his own; going against his father’s wishes. The film has multiple layers and for an actor just a film old, DQ’s performance was engaging and endearing. Even in Bangalore Days, where he played a rebel of sorts from a conservative family, he convincingly switches from being a short-tempered brat to a vulnerable man-child with ease.

Some might think he’s usually played boyish roles, but remember he went on to take the challenge of playing a local slum gang leader in Kammati Padam and did a damn good job.

And for all the Dulquer fans out there in the North...rejoice! He’s already signed his next Bollywood project, The Zoya Factor with Sonam Kapoor.

I’m grateful for the challenges it’s thrown at me and how I’ve grown by overcoming them. A lot of people who knew me from before are still surprised I succeeded!
Dulquer Salmaan to The Hindu 

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