Huma Qureshi gives brother Saqib Saleem acting tips

Press Trust of India   | November 27, 2012 13:10 IST (Mumbai)
Ashima Chibber

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 tips.

"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 non-film background.

"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 PTI.

For Delhi-born Saqib, choosing this profession was not a cakewalk as his restaurateur father wanted him to pursue a MBA degree.

"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 Hai Jaan.

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 character better.

"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.