Saqib Saleem is a relative newbie in the industry and while he hasn’t featured in a hardcore romantic entertainer as yet, to act alongside a kid was a first for him. However, with kids forming a major part of the narrative of his next, HAWA HAWAAI, he was conscious enough while acting alongside them.
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‘Since Saqib plays a skating coach for number of children, he wanted to ensure that there was a good rapport built with them on the sets/locations and beyond. He was all the more particular about forming a bond with Partho Gupte, son of director Amole Gupte, since the film is centered on the relationship that the duo shares,’ informs a crew member.
To do that, he used to constantly communicate with the youngsters on board so that there was absolute bonding in place once the camera was rolling.
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Says Saqib, ‘Partho may be just 11-12 years old but he is phenomenal. You don’t feel as if you are acting with a kid since he comes across as a complete actor. He is someone who knows the ‘sur’ of a particular scene on play. To begin with though, I was very apprehensive that how would the tuning develop since Partho is just a kid and I work best when I develop a certain rapport with my co-stars. More than anything else, I wanted him and the other kids to love me. However the kind of professionalism that Partho showed was amazing. I am sure he will grow up to be a big actor.’