Newbie actor Huma Qureshi, who has managed to garner equal adulation and flak for her curves in the size-zero-obsessed film industry, prefers to be her pretty self rather than falling for the fad.
Huma was loved for her voluptuous figure and earthy style in her first movie, Gangs of Wasseypur. But she was criticised by some quarters for her weight.
“In Gangs of Wasseypur, I was the pretty girl, it was a glamorous role. In Ek Thi Daayan, I was the heroine. I have always been the pretty girl. I think there are people who have a craze about size zero, but today we do have heroines who are curvier,” says Huma.
“Either you think of it (weight) as a problem or as an added advantage. I would like to be known for my personality rather than size zero, I am an actress. I don’t want to be a hanger,” says Huma, who feels there are so many actors today who are not size zero but have a huge fan following.
However, she says that if in the near future a role demands for her to transform herself, she is game for it. The 27-year-old currently forward to the release of Nikhil Advani’s D-Day. In the film, Huma performed heavy-duty stunts. Talking about it, she says, “More than shooting difficult action sequences, trying to look like a RAW agent, keeping the character in mind, not forgetting the lines etc... There is so much synchronisation that happens when you do action scenes.”
Huma adds, “Besides action, there are cars blowing up, gunshots, blasts happening in the background and you don’t want to mess it up with (bad) performance... So all that is scary.” The actor says she has decided that until and unless a very good action film comes her way, she will not do one.
D-Day will see Arjun Rampal playing an ex-officer of an Indian Armed Forces unit, Irrfan Khan as an undercover RAW official, and Huma as an explosive expert.
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor plays a negative role in the flick. “Rishi Kapoor is my favourite co-star in the film, he is fun to work with. He has great anecdotes and is very inspiring,” she says, adding, “Irrfan is a great performer. Having an actor like Irrfan in the film is like a blessing, he takes the film to another level. And, Arjun is the most good looking actor we have.”