Actor Saqib Saleem, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Race 3 featuring superstar Salman Khan, believes that the film will help him connect with the audiences.
The 30-year-old actor debuted as an actor with "Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge" in 2011 and since then has worked in films such as "Mere Dad Ki Maruti", "Bombay Talkies" and "Hawaa Hawaai".
Though his performances in the films were praise by the critics, none of them proved to be a box office hit, and Saqib now feels that courtesy the superstar's huge fan following, the dry spell for him will come to an end.
"Though my work has been liked in the films that I have done so far but none of them have done the numbers that astound anybody. The films have never graduated to the next step, where people have said, 'what a film'.
"So I needed that transition happening in life. I am 30-year-old now, having done few films earlier but I am taking 'Race 3' as my second innings in my career," Saqib told PTI.
The actor is aware of the fact that the third instalment of the "Race" franchise will reach out to the mass audience and he feels grateful to have got this opportunity to be part of the film.
"This film is an opportunity for me to showcase my talent to that many people. I am hoping to reach out to a more wider audience through the sheer reach of Salman bhai, Bobby and Anil Kapoor sir."
The actor said the response he received from the trailer of "Race 3" is something that he never got even after putting together all of his filmography.
"It is also because of the kind of film it is and Salman's presence and the other actors present in the film...I am just enjoying the attention I am getting. It has been very overwhelming," Saqib said.
"We believe we have made a very nice film. It is a 90s film with tons of action, good looking people and good cast. We are hopeful people will like the film."
It was through Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) that Saqib came in contact with the "Dabangg" star. Saqib plays for 'Mumbai Heroes' team that also has Bobby Deol as one of the players.
"We were in Goa once when Bobby told me about him doing 'Race 3'. To my surprise when I reached Mumbai producer Ramesh Taurani called me saying, he wants to meet me for a film.
"But the same day in the night, I was out with my sister Huma and she told me Salman wants to talk to me, I called him back and he told me there is a role for me in 'Race 3'. I heard the script next day and I jumped at it, it was a great role," Saqib said. Saqib is is equally happy for his sister Huma Qureshi's soon-to-be-released movie "Kaala" with south superstar Rajinikanth. It releases on June 7.
"Ramzan is going great for both Huma and me. I am very happy for her and myself, it is good time for us. I am damn happy for Huma. I think 'Kaala' will be a game changer for her, it is one of the nicest script. I am a true blue Rajini sir fan and I am going to watch the film," Saqib said.
Directed by Remo D'Souza, Race 3 also features Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah in pivotal roles. It is all set to hit the screens on June 15.
(With PTI Inputs)