She is only three films old, but Huma Qureshi already has the luxury of choosing what role she wants to play. For her next release, Nikhil Advani’s D-Day, there are three female protagonists and only Huma was given the option of choosing the character she wanted to portray.
“After reading up about all the characters, she immediately made up her mind and opted for the role of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent,” says an insider close to the film. “While the other two characters had an emotional tone to them, the RAW agent’s role was grittier and had some action sequences too. Huma, who has not done a role like this yet, opted for it as soon as she was given a choice,” adds the insider.
In the film, Huma’s character is sent to Pakistan, along with Arjun Rampal and Irrfan’s characters, to bring back India’s most wanted don. “Apart from the male lead, she too will be seen doing some hardcore action sequences,” says the insider.
To prepare for the role, Huma also underwent intense training sessions. Incidentally, Deepika Padukone too was given a similar choice in Cocktail (2012). She was offered both the roles of Meera and Veronica in the film. Deepika chose the latter.
When contacted, Huma only says, “All I will say is that it was great fun playing a RAW agent. It’s a first for me, so I enjoyed the action scenes and beating up the bad guys.” Before D-Day, she has been a part of Gangs Of Wasseypur 1 and 2 (2012), Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (2012) and Ek Thi Daayan.