Press Trust of India
November 27, 2012 13:10 IST
A still of Saqib from Mujhse Fraandship Karoge
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge actor
Saqib Saleem says he is happy with the way his elder sister
Huma Qureshi's career being shaping up and does not hesitate
to discuss work with her.
Saqib, 24, who is gearing up for his next release Mere
Dad Ki Maruti, says his two-films-old sister gives him acting
"Huma has made her mark in the industry with films like
Gangs of Wasseypur and Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. I am
happy for what she has achieved today because we belong to a
"In the industry also she is my senior. Whenever we are
free from our shoots we discuss work. We stay together in
Mumbai and are always ready to help each other," Saqib told
For Delhi-born Saqib, choosing this profession was not
a cakewalk as his restaurateur father wanted him to pursue a
"While I was in college, I was intrigued by modelling and
also won the best model award in my college. I started getting
modelling assignments and that's how I became interested in
acting. But my father, who last watched Dilip Kumar's
Devdas, wanted me to do MBA. I didn't listen to him and gave
my audition for Yash Raj films' Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge
and got selected for it," he said.
As part of Yash Raj's three-film contract, Saqib will be
seen next in debutante director Ashima Chibber's comedy Mere
Dad Ki Maruti. The film's trailer was released with Jab Tak
Set in Chandigarh, the film is a quirky tale of a boy,
who loses his father's car.
"The film is about a son whose father thinks he is good
for nothing. I am playing the son's character, Sameer, in the
film. It's a comedy flick and it was difficult to achieve the
comic timing. We all attended workshops with Ashima (director)
to preparing for our characters," he said.
The film stars TV actor Ram Kapoor as the strict father
on-screen. But Saqib says off-screen he helped him learn his
"He is phenomenal. As I am new, he was very helpful. He
appreciated me when I did something correctly and always
guided me when I did something wrong. He was like a father
figure for me on the sets," he added.