Saqib Saleem Wiki, Age, Girlfriend, Family, Biography & More

Saqib Saleem

Saqib Saleem is an Indian actor. He mostly works in Bollywood movies. He is known as ‘Vishal Bhatt’ for the Bollywood film Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge in 2011.

Saqib in the movie 'Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge'

Saqib in the movie ‘Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge’

Wiki/Biography

Saqib Saleem Qureshi was born on Friday, 8 April 1988 (age 33 years; as of 2021) in Greater Kailash, New Delhi. His zodiac sign is Aries. He did his graduation at Hindu College.

Saqib as a child

Saqib as a child

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 9″

Weight (approx.): 75 kg

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black

Saqib Saleem

Family

Parents & Siblings

Saqib`s father`s name is Saleem Qureshi, and he is a restaurateur.

Saqib with his father

Saqib with his father

His mother`s name is Ameena Qureshi. She is a housewife.

Saqib with his mother

Saqib with his mother

She has two brothers Naeem Qureshi and Haseen Qureshi, and he has one sister, whose name is Huma Qureshi. She is an actor.

Saqib with his sister

Saqib with his sister

Relationships/Affairs

Saqib was in a relationship with a scriptwriter Swati Trivedi.

Saqib with his girlfriend

Saqib with his girlfriend

Religion/Religious Views

Saqib follows Islamic religion. [1]Hindustan Times

Career

Film

Saqib started his acting career in 2011 with the Bollywood movie Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge as ‘Vishal Bhatt.’

Saqib in the movie ‘Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge’ as Vishal

Saqib in the movie ‘Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge’ as Vishal

He has also featured in other Bollywood movies like Mere Dad Ki Maruti (2013), Hawaa Hawaai (2014), Dobaara: See Your Evil (2017), Comedy Couple (2020), and Time to Dance (2021).

Saqib in the movie 'Hawaa Hawaai'

Saqib in the movie ‘Hawaa Hawaai’

In 2021, he played the role of Mohinder Amarnath in the movie ’83’ alongside Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Hardy Sandhu and Ammy Virk.

Saqib with the cast of movie '83'

Saqib with the cast of movie ’83’

Thereafter, his Bollywood movie ‘Kakuda’ was announced to be released in 2022.

Saqib with the team of 'Kakuda'

Saqib with the team of ‘Kakuda’

Web Series

In 2018, he debuted as ‘Shiv Prakash Shukla’ in the web series Rangbaaz on ZEE5.

Saqib in the web series 'Rangbaaz'

Saqib in the web series ‘Rangbaaz’

He also featured as a RAW agent in the web series ‘Crackdown’ on Voot.

Saqib in the web series 'Crackdown'

Saqib in the web series ‘Crackdown’

Cricket

Saqib has played cricket during his school days for Delhi and Kashmir.

Saqib as a youngster with his cricket team

Saqib as a youngster with his cricket team

He is a member of the cricket group ‘Mumbai Heroes’ that plays during the non-professional men’s cricket league in India named ‘Celebrity Cricket League.’

Saqib playing cricket for the ‘Mumbai Heroes’

Saqib playing cricket for the ‘Mumbai Heroes’

Controversies

  • I too got uncomfortable: In 2018, many actors from the film industry took part in the #MeToo movement. They told stories on social media about the sexual harassment they went through during the start of their career. Among these actors, Saqib also took part in the movement and told his story. [2]Hindustan Times In an interview, he said,

    I don’t want to take names, but when I started out as an actor – I was only 21-years-old- there was a man who tried to assault me. He tried to put his hand in my pants.”

  • Proud to be Indian: In 2019, Saqib was smashed by Twitter users for a tweet about the situation in Kashmir. One of the users told him to leave India and go to Pakistan. [3]Hindustan Times To this, his sister Huma Qureshi also said that everyone has to right to keep their point of view. Saqib also replied to the user and tweeted,

    I am a proud Indian who loves his country. But if I feel like something’s amiss I will ask questions. If you got a problem with that then I am afraid it’s your problem to take care of. Some of you are hell bent on sending me to Pakistan. Please don’t worry about me I am fine where I am.”

  • Nepotism: In 2020, in a debate on nepotism, [4]The Indian Express Saqib expressed his point of view and said,

    What does a Varun Dhawan do if he is born in David Dhawan’s house. He should not act? Should he be like – ‘Oh no, I am born in David Dhawan’s family. I should not act because outsiders have to come and act.’ Why? If he is good, the audience will tell him and they have. Alia Bhatt is a good product of nepotism. She has great acting potential. I have seen her films, and I am like, ‘wow! what a good actor!

Awards, Honours, Achievements

Saqib was nominated for Best Debut Male at the 57th Filmfare Awards for the 2011 movie ‘Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge.’

Favourites

  • Cuisine: Mughlai

Car Collection

He owns a Ferrari and a Jeep Wrangler.

Saqib posing with his car

Saqib posing with his car

Saqib posing with his jeep

Saqib posing with his jeep

Facts/Trivia

  • Saqib follows a non-vegetarian diet.

    Saqib`s post about his eating habits

    Saqib`s post about his eating habits

  • His hobbies include dancing, travelling, and writing.
  • His father owns a restaurant named Saleem`s in Delhi. The restaurant has 10 branches around Delhi. When Saqib was in college, he used to help his father in the restaurant. In an interview, he revealed that he did not like working in the restaurant and wanted to go to Mumbai, but his father was against it. His father wanted him to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree from Delhi.

    Saqib`s father`s restaurant

    Saqib`s father`s restaurant

  • He is a huge fan of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. In an interview, he talked about his love for Sachin and said,

    I cut a cake on his birthday every year. In fact, I even remember distributing sweets in my colony when his daughter Sara was born.”

  • Saqib refers to himself as an accidental actor. He always wanted to become a cricketer. In an interview, he said that his journey in Mumbai started when he came to save his relationship with his then girlfriend. His girlfriend came to Mumbai from Delhi to become an actress, and Saqib was left in Delhi. Due to the long-distance relationship, they both used to fight a lot. He came to Mumbai to patch-up with his girlfriend who was breaking up with him, but after three months, his girlfriend broke up with him. [5]Hindustan Times To stay in Mumbai and earn money, he started modelling. He has done advertising for various brands like PepsiCo, Lays, Tata Docomo, Bar One, KFC, Airtel, Sprite and others.
  • In an interview, he said, after giving audition for his first film, he waited for eight months before he got selected.
  • Apart from acting, Saqib also has interest in poetry. He also wrote a poem on the COVID-19 pandemic during the lockdown. In an interview, he talked about his interest and said,

    I have been jotting down notes and scribbling from college. So, I am writing down for a while but I think that the pandemic, more specifically lockdown, gave me time to be with myself and my notepad. That is how the writing process started again.”

  • In 2020, Saqib came forward in support of actress Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested in the death case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Many other actors also supported Rhea. He was abused by a lot of social media users. In one of the posts, Saqib shared a screenshot in which he was being abused. In an interview, he talked about Rhea and said,

    I have lost faith in news channels as everyone has their own version about the case. They show point of view. The job of news channels is to report facts not to give a narrative to the audiences. I am upset. It is unfortunate that a young promising actor like Sushant is no more. No one knows what happened and the CBI, NCB, ED are investigating his death. We all want justice for Sushant and Rhea (Chakraborty, actor and Sushant’s girl friend).”

  • Saqib gained a lot of popularity through OTT platforms. In an interview, he talked about OTT platforms and said,

    I don’t blame actors or anyone, but when we were only reliant on theatrical films, everything was determined by the first Friday of a film’s release. ‘How much the film is going to open at? Is my film commercial enough? Should I do this to make it pop out more?’ Somewhere in there, you forget that your basic job is to act.”

  • He was named ‘Narad Muni’ by the cast of ’83’ while shooting. [6]CNN-News18- YouTube
  • He gave advice to people who aspire to become an actor. In an interview, he said,

    First and foremost, there should be clarity on why you are here in this industry. Do you want to act because you want to become a superstar or because you love doing it or both? It can be anything but one should be clear about that.”

  • In an interview, he was asked about being criticized on social media. He answered,

    When you are behind a computer screen and your real identity is not there, all you do is abuse people. I am from Delhi and I want to say to all these people, ‘If you have the courage, abuse me to my face.’ These are the same people who will be the first ones to run to meet celebrities if they spot them. I feel we interpret freedom of expression in a very wrong manner. Freedom of expression doesn’t mean I can abuse people, it means I can share my point of view. You are allowed to share your point of view, I am open to any sort of criticism but don’t abuse my mother, sister.”

  • Saqib is frequently seen on the cover of magazines and tabloids. In some of the magazine covers, he was featured with his sister Huma Qureshi.

    Saqib with his sister on Verge magazine

    Saqib with his sister on Verge magazine

  • In some of the Instagram posts, Saqib is seen drinking alcohol.

    Saqib`s Instagram post about his drinking habits

    Saqib`s Instagram post about his drinking habits

  • He is very fond of cricket, and has met cricketers Rahul Dravid and M.S. Dhoni.
    Saqib with Rahul Dravid

    Saqib with Rahul Dravid

    Saqib with M.S. Dhoni

    Saqib with M.S. Dhoni

  • He is a passionate animal lover, and often posts pictures of them on Instagram.

    Saqib with his dog

    Saqib with his dog

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