Saqib Saleem: 'I am an accidental actor'

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By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, March 15 -- He may have played for Delhi's under-19 cricket team, but Saqib Saleem whose second film releases today insists that the sport was never his destiny.

Are you more nervous about Mere Dad Ki Maruti than your debut?

For any actor, the second film is more important than his first. In the first film, audiences may think that his character is similar to how he is in real life. But in the second film, the 'acting' bit comes in.

Why have you chosen to do two back-to-back films with same production house?

It's a fun environment to work in and we share a comfortable relationship.

Do you and Huma discuss films?

We keep pulling each other's leg. I tell her that she has gotten into the Anurag Kashyap-brand of cinema, while I'm into pure commercial films with Yash Raj. But we would love to do a swap, where she gets a Yash Raj-type film while I take up a role that is similar to the ones she does.

Did you always want to be an actor?

I am an accidental actor. I was a sportsman all my life until I came to Mumbai and realised that I loved acting.

Why didn't you pursue cricket seriously?

I was part of the under-19 team for Delhi. After a while, I realised that probably, I was not made for playing cricket for India. There was no IPL either, or else I would have thought about it.

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