Salmaan-e-Ishq: Dulquer Salmaan is the Pan-India Hero Bollywood Needs

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Salmaan-e-Ishq: Dulquer Salmaan is the Pan-India Hero Bollywood Needs

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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n the last six years, Dulquer Salmaan has made 25 films and four debuts, including his first Hindi film appearance in Akarsh Khurana’s upcoming Karwaan. A road trip multi-starrer comedy that has been in the works for a long while, feels like an unusual launch vehicle for a bonafide Malayalam star like Dulquer. It wouldn’t be wrong to assume that a Karan Johar-backed celebration or a Yash Raj rendezvous would be more appropriate, because he is, after all, the son of Malayalam superstar Mammootty.

But Dulquer’s decision to foray into Bollywood with an unconventional film, where he isn’t playing the solo lead and which doesn’t feature any A-listers, is symptomatic of the kind of path the actor has carved for himself. To him, stardom is neither a family gift nor does he have the luxury of considering himself a celebrity – a belief that extends to his film choices as well. It’s almost as if the actor detests the idea of playing it safe.

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