Saqib Saleem is gearing up for his first big-budget release in over three years. The actor, who was last seen in the critically-panned Race 3, will be seen essaying the role of Mohinder ‘Jimmy’ Amarnath in 83, a film based on the 1983 World Cup. The cricketer was the vice-captain of the ’83 squad. 

Ahead of the release, Saqib sat down with Hindustan Times for a candid chat about the film, the challenges he faced while playing Mohinder and the impact of Race 3’s critical failure. 

Here are excerpts from the conversation: 

You had previously said Race 3’s negative reviews left a negative impact on you. Can you talk a little bit about that phase?

I’ve always maintained that I’m an actor in the film, so when I see films, I’m nobody to comment on how good or bad the film is. That is for people to say and for people to make judgments about. I can be very critical about my own…

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