Scared to do commercial films: Dulquer Salmaan
Gearing up for the release of his upcoming Tamil-Malayalam bilingual film Solo, the actor says he is more afraid to do out-and-out commercial films than experimental projects
Dulquer Salmaan, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming Tamil-Malayalam bilingual film, Solo, says he is more afraid to do out-and-out commercial films than attempt an experimental project.
While Solo, an anthology of four stories, might come as an experimental attempt, Dulquer believes such projects give him courage. "I have always entertained audiences with memorable content. Doing a film like Solo gives me more courage because, irrespective of its box office fate, people at least appreciate the intent, its effort or just the desire to make good cinema," he says. "A commercial film can either click or go all the way down. People will either like it or hate it," he adds.
Directed by Bejoy Nambiar, Solo is a story with a mythical touch. It's a collection of four different stories based on earth, water, fire, and wind.
On the experience of shooting Solo, in which he plays four characters, Dulquer says it was taxing, both mentally and physically.
Initially, the team had plans to shoot Solo as four short films. "I thought I'll do a regular film and do a short film in between. But nothing worked out as per our plan. We shot in Kerala, Mumbai and Lonavala. We didn't know where all the stories were taking us. We had to treat the stories differently," Dulquer says.
"Except Bejoy and I, even the technical crew changed for each story. Even the assistant directors changed. The cameramen were different. As an actor, I felt like I was working on four different films, four different ideas, and four different experiences," he adds.
Solo, which is slated for an October 5 release, also stars Arthi Venkatesh, Dhansikaa, Dino Morea, Neha Sharma and Sruthi Hariharan.