Celebrities are known to be diplomatic during their interviews. Huma Qureshi on the other hand is like a breath of fresh air. She is upfront about her opinions and beliefs.
Last year, Huma took to Twitter to lash out at a publication that had printed information regarding her alleged relationship with actor-producer Sohail Khan. “I have always said that Twitter is my forum to talk to people about what’s happening in my life,” she says.
Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi says she finds it disrespectful when the media prints news about her alleged relationship with Sohail Khan without knowing facts. (Tumblr)
She goes on to address the rumors saying, “What really hurts is that without knowing the truth about my life, they (media) go ahead and put these stories. And I’ll tell you why they do it; they do it because they want to take away all the attention from my hard work. They want to show that whatever I have achieved in my life is because of my closeness to a particular man, who may be coming from an influential family or is influential himself. That is disrespectful.”
However, the actor reveals that she is trying to make a conscious effort to be diplomatic. “I’ve become far more diplomatic,” says Huma, adding, “I was quite moofat (outspoken) when I first made an appearance in the industry. Over the years, I have learnt that as a Bollywood actor, you can’t be like that.”
The actor became popular with movies like Badlapur (2015) and Dedh Ishqiya (2014), and is one of the few actors in the industry who hasn’t made her way into the industry through contacts. Ask her about nepotism in the industry, and she says, “One would be lying if they say nepotism doesn’t exist,” says the actor adding, “I wouldn’t say that I haven’t got my fair share of good roles. This industry has been very kind to me.”
She is quick to add that it is “easy for people to dismiss a woman’s hard work and talent, especially if she hails from a non-film background. “It’s easy for people to say that she is doing well because she is close to someone. That is demeaning. I don’t see that happening to any of the industry kids, to be very honest.”
Now, Huma is all set to appear in Gurinder Chadha’s upcoming British-Indian film. The actor has already shot for a few portions of the movie. Talking about her experience, Huma says, “It was lovely working with Gurinder. She is a critically-acclaimed as well as a commercially successful director. I have had a blast working on that film, and she really loved me.”