Saqib Saleem: Had no clue how to do HAWAA HAWAAI

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For someone who has essentially been seen in the glossy world of Yash Raj Films (MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE, MERE DAD KI MARUTI), it was a sea change of sorts for Saqib Saleem when he found himself in a set up created by filmmaker Amole Gupte for HAWAA HAWAAI. Moreover, even from the characterization perspective, it was an altogether different challenge for young Saqib to portray the part of a coach.

"It was a big mental shift, honestly," says Saqib, "I have been playing this young, urban, happy-go-lucky guy in my films so far. However, the character that I am playing in HAWAA HAWAAI has a lot of depth and maturity to it. Moreover, it was also pretty much a basic requirement that I bond a lot with kids. That's because if they don't like you, it shows on screen. None of us could afford to have something like that happen to our film."

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Saqib wanted to maintain a humane touch to the entire affair, due to which he refrained from watching any other film which had either skating or coaches as a central theme.

"When I read the script, I had no clue on how I would do the film," confesses Saqib. "People advised me to watch these movies which had coaches and all, but then I refused as I wanted to go with my own interpretation of the character. Since Amole sir has modeled this character on two coaches for a skating academy in Mumbai, he arranged for it that I met those guys. In fact I also shot videos of these guys and learnt about their body language, mannerisms and interaction with children. That was quite hopeful."

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Hopefully it rubs upon the entire film, something which would be known once HAWAA HAWAAI, which is a Fox Star Studios and Amole Gupte Cinema Pvt. Ltd., hits the screens tomorrow.

 

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