Actor Huma Qureshi’s first two films were appreciated and she is reportedly getting good offers now as well. Content with her career, the actor doesn’t see herself as an outsider in the film industry.
“I don’t feel like an outsider. I was already shooting for other films even before the release of my first film Gangs of Wasseypur [GOW]. While shooting for GOW, I was simultaneously shooting for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Ek Thi Daayan, and while shooting for Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, I was shooting for Nikhil Advani’s D Day,” Huma, who is from Delhi, told IANS.
She started as a model and featured in TV commercials like Vita Marie, Saffola Oil, Mederma Cream, Pears Soap and Nerolac.
Talking about movies, she said: “It’s an exciting new phase. Both parts of my first film received critical acclaim; Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana was also appreciated by many. I hope it continues to be like this.”
Ek Thi Daayan and D Day haven’t come out yet. However, she considers herself lucky to have bagged films with established film-makers.
“I am blessed to have gotten a chance to work with directors like Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj and Nikhil Advani at such an early age. Moreover, good scripts have been coming my way so I am really excited about that too,” said the 26-year-old, who doesn’t want to restrict her acting to a certain genre.
“I have tried to be different in each of my films be it Gangs of Wasseypur or Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. My roles in the other two films are also different. I can’t put myself in a box and be an actor,” she said.
When it comes to looks, Huma is different from the typical Bollywood actor and she says she isn’t trying to fit into anyone’s shoes.
“I agree that I am different. I am not trying to fit into someone else shoes. I am being honest to myself. The audience loves me the way I am and that’s important to me,” she added.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2012.