Name: Saqib Saleem
Birthdate: 8th of April, 1988
Biography: Saqib Saleem, the Indian actor and model was born on the 8th of April, 1988 to a Muslim family, in the city of Delhi in India. Saqib’s father is a restaurateur and he has a chain of around ten restaurants in Delhi. Huma Qureshi, the Gangs of Wasseypur actress is Saqib’s sister. During his college days, Saqib had even started assisting his father at his restaurants, but he did not find much interest in that. He had, against his father’s will moved to the City of Dreams, Mumbai and there he started modelling. His father had wanted Saqib to reside in Delhi and pursue an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree. In Mumbai, Saqib began his career by doing some modelling assignments and then later on he started doing advertisements on the television for famous brands such as Tata Docomo, Pepsi, Sprite, KFC, Bar One and several others. During this time, when he was busy appearing in various television advertisements, his interest in the field of acting kept soaring high and he wanted to showcase his acting talent in the Bollywood movie industry.
During the year 2010, Saqib was informed by one of his companions that Yash Raj Films (YRF), the renowned production house was holding auditions for taking in new people.Saqib grabbed this opportunity and he went forward with the audition. He had to wait for around eight to nine months before he got the green signal from Yash Raj Films that he had been selected. Thus, his first film was the 2011 romantic comedy, ‘Mujhse Fraaabdship Karoge’, directed by Nupur Ashthana. Here Saqib starred opposite Saba Azad, Tara D’Souza and Nishant Dahiya. This movie which was inspired by Facebook, the popular social networking website, was released by Y-Films, which is a subsidiary of the production house, Yash Raj Films. Here Saqib donned the role of a college prankster named Vishal Bhatt who used to go around playing pranks on people with the help of Hacky, his friend. The shooting for this movie began in the month of April in 2011 and the production for this film continued till the month of August. This film was released in India on the 14th of October, 2011 and became a big success at the theatres.Saleem’s ‘American Pie college boy style’ character received lots of appreciation from the audience at large. This movie went on to collect about 50 lakhs on the opening day and it added another 2.25 crores to its first weekend collections.
Soon after ‘Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge’, Saqib Saleem signed up for his next project: ‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’. This film, directed by Ashima Chibber, and starring Saqib Saleem himself, Ram Kapoor, Ravi Kishan, Rhea Chakravrty and Prabal Panjabi, is an out and out comedy flick, produced by Y-Films. This entire film is set up against a Punjabi wedding backdrop and it deals with a boy named Sameer (played by Saqib Saleem himself) who resorts to stealing his father’s car in order to portray a college girl (played by Rhea Chakravarty).