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Saqib Saleem trains in Kathak for a short film, Aamad: Watch


The Dobaara actor learned the dance form for a Fathers' Day special film.

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Saqib Saleem is pushing his boundaries. The actor, who was last seen in the supernatural thriller, Dobaara, recently learned Kathak for a new short film. In a video put up on his Facebook account, the actor is shown trying to keep pace with his instructor.

While Indian classical dance has often been treated as women's territory, there are a number of famous male dancers who have graced the domain. Saqib plays a similar character in the short film titled Aamad.

The actor has been attempting to break the mainstream mould for sometime, and the character of a Kathak dancer is completely off beat for him. Saleem is learning the art from professional Kathak guru and actress Ishita Sharma.

Aamad's plot revolves around a father, who is a Kathak dancer, and how his son is embarrassed of his father's art. The plot explores their relationship over a period of time, and how they overcome their personal apprehensions to start a new friendship. The film, directed by Neeraj Udhwani, will be released by Terribly Tiny Talkies on the special occasion of Fathers' Day. Udhwani had previously worked with Saqib on Mere Dad Ki Maruti (2013).

Speaking about the film, Saqib said, “I know Neeraj for a while now as he wrote Mere Dad ki Maruti and we meet often to discuss ideas. He shared the idea of Aamad with me and asked me what I thought. When I read it I instantly fell in love with the story and I told him that he shouldn't look for anyone else as I want to do it. It's such a simple yet complex film as it speaks about the unsaid things in a father son relationship.”

Judging by the effort the actor has put in, it certainly might be an interesting watch.