Dulquer Salmaan has an interesting film up his sleeve – Solo – which is slated to be released in October this year. Directed by Bejoy Nambiar, Solo is an anthology set in different time periods and Dulquer Salmaan will be seen playing different roles in these episodes. In one of episodes, Dulquer Salmaan is accompanied by actor Manit Joura, who is popular for his work in Hindi television and digital platforms.
We caught up with Manit Joura and asked him to share about his experience of working with Dulquer Salmaan and being part of a South Indian film. Here are few excerpts from the interview:
How was it working with Malayalam top star Dulquer Salmaan?
Any kind of praise is less for Dulquer. He is a gem of a man, a great actor and fantastic human being. The connect between me and Dulquer was instant. I hadn’t seen any of Dulquer’s work and the first time I met him on the sets, we got along straight away. Being such a Mega Star in Malayalam, Dulquer just walked up to me and the connect was instant between us. He is a very humble man and made me feel comfortable. And the best part is we share a common passion – motorcycles and rides. We both have the same motorcycle, BMW 1200 GS, and this passion played a big role in our bonding. And beyond all this, he is a terrific actor.
What efforts did you put in for Solo in terms of learning the language?
I actually have a strange connection with South. Because of my passion to travel, I have always had a fascination towards Southern part of India. I knew a little bit of language before the shoot started and director Bejoy Nambiar knew about it. And I had an AD who helped me out with the dialogues. Most of my dialogues are actually in English and very few in Tamil & Malayalam. It’s very interesting to learn different languages.
Tell us about Bejoy Nambiar.
This is my second project with Bejoy actually and I have spent a lot of days with him. Bejoy Nambiar is very sure of what he is doing and knows what he wants out of actors. Bejoy has a child-like charm and is always immersed in the monitor when a scene is being shot. And he is an absolute taskmaster! Bejoy’s films have a different essence unlike what we get to see these days. He lets an actor do what he wants to do instead of asking him to do it in a specific manner. He doesn’t limit you with boundaries. With Bejoy, there is always a freedom to perform. Also, Bejoy has great sense of film-making, story-telling and music. The music of ‘Solo’ is very unique and stays with you.
How did Solo happen?
Solo, actually, just happened overnight for me. Bejoy was in Kerala and wanted me to do a test shoot. And I sent a test shoot to him. And in few hours, they said ‘You’re in‘. And next morning I’m traveling to Kerala for the shoot. I didn’t get any time to do any research about Dulquer and other co-stars. But yeah, I’m very glad to be part of such a great film.
Career in South.
I’m not thinking about it right now. People should like my work as an actor. If it comes, I will be very happy to take up opportunities here. I just hope people like my work and I get to work more.