Huma Qureshi is excited to share screen space with Madhuri Dixit in their new film, Dedh Ishqiya, but her family seems to be much more thrilled. “They wanted to know what she is like and what we spoke about. We have watched her movies and are big fans of Madhuri. And she is doing a film after a long time, so it was all the more special,” says Huma. “We (Madhuri and I) talked about our scenes, the weather, food, her kids etc. Despite being the star that she is, she has no airs.”
However, her father, mother and brother (actor Saqib Saleem) never came on the sets to meet Madhuri. “I’m sure they’d have loved to, but I would have been too embarrassed. My mother was curious about everything. She would grill me. I had put an embargo on them meeting her, so they might finally meet her at the premiere,” says Huma, jokingly.
The actor, who herself was in awe of her co-star, says, “Though I joined the film after everyone else was cast, we bonded well. I had many scenes with her and we had a good comfort level. I’m still in awe of Madhuri. I’ve grown up watching her movies and to see her in a film like Dedh Ishqiya, which is quite unlike her previous work, was wonderful.”
Huma even shook a leg with the original dancing queen. “I thought everyone had lost it when they told me about this dance number. I asked them if they were sure about having both of us in the same frame. I’m a good dancer, but I was scared and nervous. We did kathak and were choreographed by Remo (D’Souza) ,” she says, adding that Madhuri also encouraged her. “She gave me a hug before we shot, that helped, and she’d joke with me saying, ‘I don’t bite’.”