Actor Dulquer Salmaan, the son of Malayalam superstar Mammootty, says he likes roles that offer him a challenge of some kind and that he is very uncomfortable doing a safe part.
Actor Dulquer Salmaan, the son of Malayalam superstar Mammootty, says he likes roles that offer him a challenge of some kind and that he is very uncomfortable doing a safe part. Dulquer’s performance as the Tamil matinee idol Gemini Ganesan in Nadigaiyar Thilagam has caught a lot of attention.
“We all knew we were doing something important, something very special. To tell the story of this TamilTelugu cinema’s legendary actress Savitri was something I believed in. This was a role away from my home territory in Kerala, hence an added challenge,” said the actor.
“I’ve to agree that the demarcation lines are blurring. I won’t say there was a divide. But clearly Malayalam cinema has a narrower market than cinema in some other Indian languages. I was happy to expand into the Tamil market. And now into Telugu with ‘Mahanati’ and into Hindi as well.” Talking about dubbing for his portions in Tamil and Telugu, he said, “It was far more difficult getting the Telugu dialogues than Tamil. I’ve been dubbing my own lines in Tamil for some time now.
In Telugu, I had to practise the words, understand and absorb what I am saying and then speak them in the dubbing. I would think I got them right. But I’d be told something was not right.” Though it was a challenge Dulquer said that there is no point in doing a role, which doesn’t challenge him. “I would be very uncomfortable doing a safe part. It would make me think something is wrong. Duplication never works for anybody. Why would it have worked for me? I chose my own path because that was the only way to go,” he added.