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Junglee journey

Saqib Saleem and Taapsee Pannu have teamed up for the romantic comedy Dil Juunglee (a still from the film above) releasing on the Valentine’s Day weekend, and the Bombay Talkies actor is happy with the “feel-good movie”. 

The Delhi boy, brother of actress Huma Qureshi, said: “It’s not a film where I had to lock myself in a room to get into character. It’s a feel-good and fun movie. I have grown up in south Delhi and coincidentally, my character Sumit Uppal in the film is from Lajpat Nagar, where I spent my childhood. So when I read the script, I thought nobody else, but I should be doing this film. Not because I would play the character well, but because I have lived that life.”

The film hinges on how the concept of love changes as people age. Saqib said: “The definition of love keeps evolving. The story captures the innocence and immaturity associated with love when you are 18 and then shifts focus to a more mature understanding of it. That’s not all; it also delves into how your friends influence your choices about love.”

Saqib revealed that the “junglee” cast has managed to stay in touch long after the film’s shoot wrapped up. “The entire cast hit it off from the first day. In fact, we have a common messenger group called Launda, even though there are seven girls and only three boys in it. We are in touch with each other even today.”

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