Saqib Saleem

Saqib Saleem
Saqib Saleem walks the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week 2018.jpg
BornSaqib Saleem Qureshi
(1988-04-08) 8 April 1988 (age 30)
Delhi, India
OccupationActor, model
Years active2011–Present
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
RelativesSee Qureshi family[1]

Saqib Saleem Qureshi (pronounced [saːqib səˈliːm qureːʃiː]; born 8 April 1988) is an Indian film actor and model who works in the Hindi film industry.[2][3] He worked as a model before beginning his film career. After moving to Mumbai, Saleem appeared in several advertisements. While doing television commercials, he grew interest in films and started auditioning for film roles, eventually signing a two-film deal with the Y-Films, a subsidiary of the Yash Raj Films (YRF), as an actor.[4][5][6]

Saleem made his acting debut with a leading role in the 2011 romantic comedy Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, a box-office success. He was appreciated for his performance and earned a nomination at the Filmfare Award in the Best Male Debut category. The following year, he completed his two-film contract with the Y-Films by appearing in Mere Dad Ki Maruti, a romantic comedy that proved to be a critical and commercial success. Subsequently, he played a supporting role in the experimental anthology Bombay Talkies (2013). While not a box-office success, the film garnered him positive response from critics. He received further praise for played the lead in the critically acclaimed passionate drama Hawaa Hawaai (2014).[7][8][9][10]

In addition to acting in films, Saleem is an active Charitable worker, has a number of endorsement deals, and a member of the "Mumbai Heroes" at the Celebrity Cricket League, a non-professional men's cricket league in India.

Early life and modeling career

Saqib Saleem was born in Delhi, India. His father, Saleem Qureshi, is a restaurateur, and runs a chain of 10 restaurants called Saleem's, all around Delhi. His mother, Ameena Qureshi, is a house wife.[11] He has one sister Huma Qureshi and two brothers, Naeem Qureshi and Haseen Qureshi.[12][13][14] During college, Saqib briefly assisted in the running of the restaurants, but did not like it.[15] By that time Saqib had already started modelling, and he moved to Mumbai despite his father's preference that he stay in Delhi and earn a Master of Business Administration degree.[15]

Saqib started his career with Cricket playing for Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir.[16] After reaching Mumbai, Saleem started out by doing a few modelling assignments, eventually moving into television advertisements for brands like Pepsi, Lays (with actor Ranbir Kapoor), Tata Docomo, Bar One, KFC, Airtel, Sprite and others.[15] While shooting for the ads, Saqib's interest grew in acting and he started auditioning for film roles in Bollywood films.[15] His close friend, fashion designer Varun Bahl, helped him get a chance to audition for Yash Raj Films. "It was gruelling," he recalls. After eight months of auditioning, he bagged the leading role in the Y-Films romantic comedy Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge.[17]

Other Languages
العربية: ثاقب سليم
हिन्दी: साकिब सलीम