Salman Khan’s protege Zaheer Iqbal who is all set to step his feet in Bollywood, expressed his experience of being mentored by none other than Superstar Salman Khan himself. The debutant actor has received a warm welcome by the audience, critics as well as the industry insiders ever since the trailer released.
Talking about the character in Notebook, Zaheer shared, “So my character in the film Notebook, Kabir is completely different from the way I am in real life. Kabir is not very confident, he is not very outgoing. He is more like an introvert person and I think these characteristics can be seen in a person’s body language very easily. The way they walk, for example, the person who is confident enough they would usually walk upright with their legs more wider, shoulders up face is straight up etc.. here the case was different, I had to make sure that I walk descent and not show more confidence in my body language to portray Kabir”.
Giving insights into his transformation to slip into the character, Zaheer said, “As a part of my 3 months’ workshop with Hemant Kher and Nitin sir prior to the film I had to make sure that I change my body language completely according to Kabir’s characteristic. I had to change the way I hug the way I walk I sit I had to change entirely.
In my voice tone, I had to change as I could not be as loud as I am in real life I could not be as expressive as I am in real life and all of this has become possible because Nitin sir was very much clear about the character exactly what the character would and would not do and that’s what made it slightly easier for me to learn and change myself”.
After assisting on several films, Zaheer Iqbal bagged the role of Kabir in Notebook with the well wishes of Salman Khan. Talking about his mentor Salman Khan Zaheer expressed his feelings, “ I learned how to deconstruct myself for the character. Salman Sir has trained me enough for all the possible roles in the future I would do and to last long in the industry”.
Notebook has been shot in the exquisite valleys of Kashmir bringing the authentic love story of two lovers Firdaus and Kabir, along with a strong support cast with the child artists, who play a vital role on the story.
Helmed by Nitin Kakkar, Notebook is presented by Salman Khan Films and is a Cine1 Studios Production. It is produced by Salma Khan, Murad Khetani and Ashwin Varde and is all set to hit the screens on 29th March 2019.