Everest actor, Sahil Salathia, debuts with Julie 2
Right from the time, the first trailer was released, Julie 2 has garnered a certain level of controversy. The upcoming thriller, co-produced and distributed by Pahlaj Nihalani, former Chairman of Centreal Board of Film Certification (CBFC or the Censor Board), was in the headlines for the explicit, adult imagery. But despite this, the film that features Raai Laxmi and some well-known names such as Ravi Kishen and Pankaj Tripathi could turn out to be an opportunity of sorts for Sahil Salathia, who debuts in this film as Laxmi's love interest.
He plays a cricketer in the film. "I play Vikram, the cricketer, who is in a relationship with the actress. It is a significant role because it's an important chapter in her life," he says. Though this is his first film, Sahil is not a newcomer. He played the lead in Ashutosh Gowarikar's Everest and was the antagonist in Nikkhil Advani's POW Bandhi Yudh Ke, both shows were TV series and Sahil did get hugely appreciated for both roles. But the actor vehemently denies being called a TV actor. "I was never a TV soap actor. My earlier two shows were high-quality TV series directed by the best filmmakers. Plus I have done many festival films, but Julie 2 will be my first commercial film," he says.
When asked about why debut with Julie 2, when it's already marred with controversy because of the co-producer's name, Sahil chooses not to comment, "I wouldn't like to say anything about that. I play the lead in and the film has a strong script. " At the same time, he candidly admits that to make a mark in the industry is quite challenging because many newcomers come with family names. "I don't think this was the trend earlier. Now it's all about carrying forward legacies, everybody suddenly wants to be an actor," says Sahil on a lighter note.
But despite all the hurdles, he is awaiting the release of his first film in early November and at the same time, he says he is waiting to watch Secret Superstar. "I am a huge fan of Aamir Khan, he is like the God of acting. I don't know how he delivers every role with perfection, he totally inspires me," he concludes.