My family is conservative, but they’ve changed: Huma

Newcomer Huma talks about her acclaim to filmdom and the role her family’s played in it.

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Huma says her brother actor Saqib Saleem always has her back. PHOTO: FILE


Actor Huma Qureshi says her family is conservative when it comes to the film culture, but they are changing and accepting the ways of the industry.

“My family is very conservative, but now they have changed and have accepted many things. They understand the choices that we [Huma and brother] make,” Huma said in an interview.

The female actor, most famous for her role in The Gangs of Wasseypur [GOW] said that her parents were apprehensive about sending her and her brother actor Saqib Saleem of Mere Dad Ki Maruti to Mumbai.

“Now, when some negative stories come out, both of us get very nervous that mum would have read the newspaper, but when she calls up, she is absolutely normal. They understand and they never question us,” said the 26-year-old actor.

“They have been very supportive. My mum says this is part of the deal and you will have to take it with a pinch of salt and you can’t let it affect you,” she added.

Huma was recently in the news for her alleged link-up with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who was instrumental in launching her in Bollywood with GOW.

Commenting on this, Huma said: “I am an emotional person, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s opinion matters to me. There are very few people whose opinion matters to me.”

Huma’s brother is her best friend.

“Although he is younger [than me], he is far more intelligent than I am,” she said.

“Saqib is someone very sensible and I am his bouncing board ... It’s great to have somebody whom you can trust. Since he is my brother, he gives me good opinions because he knows our family and where we come from. He will also think emotionally about it,” she added.

Huma’s next film, D-Day, hits theatres on July 19 and costars Rishi Kapoor and Arjun Rampal.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2013.

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