Kangna Ranaut out, Huma Qureshi in

  • Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Feb 03, 2013 14:51 IST
  • Kalki Koechlin, Emraan Hashmi, Huma Qureshi, Konkana Sen Sharma

    Kalki Koechlin, Emraan Hashmi, Huma Qureshi and Konkana Sen Sharma pose at the 'first look' launch of the upcoming musical thriller Ek Thi Daayan directed ...

  • Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin

    Bollywood film actors Emraan Hashmi (back) and Kalki Koechlin perform at the launch of the 'first look' of Ek Thi Daayan produced by Ekta Kapoor ...

  • Huma Qureshi

    Huma Qureshi performs at the 'first look' launch of the upcoming thriller Ek Thi Daayan directed by Kannan Iyer and produced by Ekta Kapoor and ...

  • Konkana Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin

    Konkana Sen Sharma (L) and Kalki Koechlin perform at a promotional event for the upcoming thriller Ek Thi Daayan in Mumbai. (AFP PHOTO)

  • Emraan Hashmi, Konkana Sen Sharma

    Emraan Hashmi (L) and Konkana Sen Sharma perform at the 'first look' launch of the upcoming musical thriller Ek Thi Daayan directed by Kannan Iyer ...

  • Konkana Sen Sharma

    Konkana Sen Sharma performs at 'first look' launch of Ek Thi Daayan in Mumbai on January 16, 2013. (AFP PHOTO)

  • Emraan Hashmi

    Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi performs at the 'first look' launch of upcoming musical thriller Ek Thi Daayan. (AFP Photo)

  • Kalki Koechlin, Huma Qureshi

    Kalki Koechlin (R) and Huma Qureshi at the 'first look' launch of their upcoming film Ek Thi Daayan produced by Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj. ...

  • Konkana Sen Sharma

    Konkana Sen Sharma poses during the 'first look' launch of Ek Thi Daayan directed by Kannan Iyer in Mumbai. (AFP PHOTO)

  • Kalki Koechlin, Konkana Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi

    Bollywood film actresses Kalki Koechlin, Konkana Sen Sharma and Huma Qureshi pose during the 'first look' launch of the upcoming musical thriller Ek Thi Daayan ...

After Kangna Ranaut chose not to be a part of director Abhishek Chaubey’s Dedh Ishqiya because of date issues, Huma Qureshi has been signed on for the role.

Dedh Ishqiya, the sequel to Ishqiya (2010) is set in the interiors of north India. It also stars Madhuri Dixit.

Ask Huma about signing the film, and she says, “No comments. Let the producer make the announcement.” However, she recalls that her character in Gangs of Wasseypur (2011), was infatuated with Madhuri: “Personally too, I love her and have grown up watching her,” she says.

‘Excited to see naga sadhus’
Huma Qureshi, along with producer Ekta Kapoor and actor Emraan Hashmi, is all set to visit the Maha Kumbh mela. There, they will promote their upcoming film, Ek Thi Daayan (ETD), and even perform a yagna during their three-day stay.

“I’m very excited about going to Maha Kumbh, as the only reference I have of it is what I’ve seen in Hindi films in which parents, kids or siblings get lost and reunite years later,” says Huma. “It was a classic formula used in our films earlier. I’m glad that because of ETD, I will be able to experience the congregation of over two crore Indians and travel to Allahabad, a place I haven’t been to. I’m looking forward to seeing the naga sadhus and aghoris.”

What does she think will be her reaction when she meets a naga sadhu? “That’s a cheeky question,” she laughs. “I haven’t experienced anything remotely occult, so everything on this trip will be new for me.”

Talking about her role in ETD, she says, “I play Emraan’s love interest. It’s a supernatural thriller in which he plays a magician. I am very excited about this script.” Huma also denies that Emraan’s presence in the film means that intimate scenes and kisses are inevitable. She says, “The kind of films Emraan’s doing right now are different from those that he has done earlier. As an actor, I think he’s finally getting his due. He’s a wonderful, hard working guy. It’s a fantastic script and nothing like a kiss is added due to his image.”

 

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