Actor-producer Dulquer Salman (DQ), who clocked nine years in the industry on Wednesday, shared an emotional post thanking everyone who made the journey memorable.
He wrote, “This day 9 years ago our film Second Show released in cinemas. It marked the debut of a whole lot of new comers including yours truly. Today I embark on a new film. The jitters and fears are still present but time has helped turn that into something positive. This annual reminder from all of you helps keep the memories of how I began fresh and that in turn always makes me realise how I began and where I came from. For that and for your constant support and love, a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart. To all of my colleagues and to the various industries it’s a privilege to work along side all of you in this magical wonderland. Praying for this year to mark some fantastic movies and good health and cheer to all of you. Thank you again!"
Along with the post, Dulquer shared the poster of his upcoming film Kurup featuring him and actor Sunny Wayne. Sunny, his co-star in Kurup, also debuted with him in Second Show. Sunny too shared the poster on his social media page captioning it, “9 years and counting. Big hug,” tagging Dulquer Salmaan.
In the meantime, DQ Fans and colleagues of Dulquer hosted a virtual celebration of his nine years in cinema and, the hashtag #9YearsOfDulquerism is currently trending on the Internet.
The son of Mollywood superstar Mammootty, Dulquer made his film debut with the 2012 action drama Second Show. While the film was a dud at the box office, his second release, Ustad Hotel, had many sit up and take note, for here was not another star kid with zilch talent. The actor went on to prove his acting chops with ABCD: American Born Confused Desi, Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi, Bangalore Days, Charlie, Kali and so on. Mani Ratnam’s O Kadhal Kanmani, which is considered his breakthrough film, opened a whole lot of doors for DQ, who went on to don the role of the late Gemini Ganesan in Mahanati and star in two Bollywood films – Karwaan and Zoya Factor.
The Mollywood youth icon turned producer with his company Wayfarer Films Production in 2020. Varane Avashyamund, a family drama where he co-starred alongside Suresh Gopi, Shobana and Kalyani Priyadarshan, was the first film from his production house.
The actor who took to social media to share the emotional note of him completing nine years in the industry also announced two new projects from Wayfarer Films Production. If one of them is an untitled project starring Dulquer and Diana Penty, second is Upacharapoorvvam Gunda Jayan. Dulquer is rumoured to play a cop in the former, which will be helmed by Rosshan. Upacharapoorvvam Gunda Jayan stars Saiju Kurup. According to reports, Upacharapoorvvam Gunda Jayan revolves around an incident that occurs during a wedding.
Kurup is also a film from Wayfarer Films Production. The film, which is based on the life of the infamous fugitive Sukumara Kurup, is scripted by Bobby-Sanjay and directed by Srinath Rajendran. It is slotted for release in May 2021.
Dulquer, who recently wrapped up the shoot of his Tamil rom-com Hey Sinamika, is said to be starting work in Ra Karthik’s Vaan shortly. The actor, who won the Kerala State Award for Charlie, is rumoured to have bagged a film with renowned director R Balki, who has made films like Cheeni Kum, Pa and Pad Man.