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Good script not enough for film's success: Saqib

Saqib, who has always been appreciated for his work, believes that good theatrical release and marketing are also important to get a proper visibility.

Actor Saqib Saleem says nowadays a good script is not enough for a film to become successful.

Starting his career in Bollywood in 2011 with Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge which was produced by Yash Raj Films, Saqib had to wait for quite a long time to get a big budget mainstream Bollywood film.

He is now excited about his forthcoming multi-starrer Eid release Race 3 which is backed by names like superstar Salman Khan.

On being asked what kept him away from getting the deserved visibility, the actor told: "Collaborating with the right people helps a young actor to build a stable career. I have taken projects where in the end, the studio or producer disowned the film before its release.

"Filmmaking is a time consuming process. If the producer loses interest or director loses its vision in the middle of the process, the film suffers."

"With two of my films Dobaara and Dil Juunglee such things happened. I think these days, a good script is not enough for a film to get success. Good theatrical release and good marketing are also important to get a proper visibility," added the actor.

His performance was appreciated in films like Bombay Talkies and Hawaa Hawaai.

Asked if coming from a different city made his journey tougher, Saqib said: "Well, if you look at my career graph, I did not choose my first few films. They chose me…since I come from Delhi, I had no idea how the film industry works."

"I lived under the impression that for the first few years people will call me for work once my film releases. Slowly I realized that is not how it functions. Acting skill is not enough for someone to survive here, networking is needed," he shared.

"Yes, I think I should get more opportunities to showcase my talent and that will happen with each film I sign. I am confident about Race 3... that will give me certain kind of reach to the mass audience. That is what I need as a young actor, reaching a larger audience with a

film which is commercially successful," he said.

Talking about films he would prefer to work in, the actor said, "I have to find the balance I guess. Filmmaking is an expensive art form. Unless the producer is making a profit out of it, they will not encourage the content-driven one."

In his upcoming film, Race 3, which is releasing on June 15, Saqib will be seen sharing screen space with some of the celebrated actors like Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Salman Khan.



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