Mollywood actor Dulquer Salmaan made his debut in Second Show 8 years back. Son of Malayalam megastar, Mammootty, the young actor has never capitalized on his dad's legacy to walk in the industry. He chose his own path and trod on paths that he loved. His choice of films were unconventional as he never wanted to be typecast as the son of a superstar. He wanted to earn the tag all by himself, with his own efforts, his own choices. Unlike the progeny of many other superstars, DQ was someone who wanted to set his foothold without pressurizing his dad. And 8 years is too small a time for an actor to sweep the audience of all languages off their feet and Dulquer has done just that.
He was not someone who had a dashing debut in any other industries. He played a ruffian in Mollywood debut Second Show, an unconventional role of mostly being mute in the silent film Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, a tinge of grey shade in Telugu debut Mahanati where he played a second fiddle to Keerthy Suresh who was 'The Hero' of the film and a sober in Hindi debut Karwan where he co-starred with the late Irrfan Khan. And all these after he had proved himself as a bankable actor in his home industry. And, the actor's command over different languages facilitated him to dub his own lines in his Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.
And know what, it is this quality of his that made him connect with the other language audience - his choice of boy-next door roles. No flying villains, no punch dialogues, no elevation scenes that are typical of big heroes. People loved his 'realistic roles'. His roles had shades that were as infectious as a child, as romantic as a newly married man and as vulnerable as an average Indian middle class guy, as confused as an NRI millennial. Most of whom we have seen around.
His innate desire to experiment with his roles is what makes him connect with the audience - like playing the charming Nikhil in a dud like The Zoya Factor, or a brooding Harsh Vardhan in Theevram or the effervescent Charlie in Charlie or the crooked Gemini Ganesan in Mahanati, or the conniving Sidharth in Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal or the insecure Aju in Bangalore Days or the the hot-headed Sidhu in Kali, his choice of films and roles can vouch for his caliber.
Very rarely one would find an actor like DQ who do not demand for the best, being the privileged star kid. But, he does not let his dad's superstardom get to his head. He had always maintained that his upbringing was like that of a normal middle class guy and his parents were keen on him being brought up in a way where he understands that luxury or fame is short-lived and one must slog to achieve it and nurture every bit of love showered. It reflects in his on and off screen persona.
Another important element that makes audience relate to this handsome hunk is his tag of a family man - a loving husband, a doting dad and above all a perfect gentleman. His adorable pics of his family shows the lovely soul that he is. Not the partying or the 'elite' kind of lifestyle fans are so used to witnessing.
We are tired of artists with zero talent or no huge potential making it big in the industry using their surnames. Here is a star kid who rose up in ranks by his own caliber and went on to mesmerize not just Mollywood fans but those from Hindi, Tamil and Telugu industries. These are the kinds of actors who should be the flag bearers of any industry.