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The Hindi Coast Cruise: Mammootty’s Son Dulquer Salmaan Forays Into Bollywood

Even though he has since proved his credentials on screen, Dulquer Salmaan has to toil hard before he can even think of matching the stature of his father in Malayalam cinema. But a couple of hits in Hindi may well be an open sesame to a career for him in Bollywood.

The Hindi Coast Cruise: Mammootty’s Son Dulquer Salmaan Forays Into Bollywood
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The Hindi Coast Cruise: Mammootty’s Son Dulquer Salmaan Forays Into Bollywood
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2018-07-27T21:54:42+05:30

Until a while back, Bollywood’s implied claim of being a pan-nat­ional cinema also came from having sedimented a range of stereotyped, ‘Hindi-ised’ ton­gues for every major Indian reg­ion or identity. You had Punjabi, Parsi, Gujarati, Bengali and, of course, “south Indian” as representative flavo­urs offered in Hindi. Then, on occasion, a theatrical warrior from other, ­no-less spectacular woods would cross the Vindhyas to make the valiant bid—to leave a mark in, if not conquer, this sub-consciously self-proclaimed nat­ional space. The accents reversed when it happened, with Hindi being spoken with that ‘south Indian’ lilt rather than the other way round. Memory throws up Rajnikanth’s various supporting roles, Kamalahaasan’s heroic forays and just the few Mohanlal performances. Even Mammootty, the other Malayalam superstar, had made a Bollywood bid back in the ’90s.

Now, almost two decades since, Mammootty’s talented son Dulquer Salmaan is making his Bollywood debut with Karwaan, which is slated for an early-August release. But the landscape has changed since: Bollywood formulas have finally given way to content-centric cinema. So, the Hindi film plot looks more like the ‘Indian’ film plot now, a space where diverse identities are ­accommodated more. And unl­ike the heavyweight ‘South to North’ crossovers from the past, which came with their own melodramatic expec­tations, Dulquer seems to have slipped into Bollywood mode rather smoothly.

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