Known for favouring performance-oriented roles — she recently played a sex worker in Badlapur, which released last week — Huma Qureshi isn’t fazed about being overshadowed by the film’s leading men, Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
"They totally deserve the praise. The film was always meant to be a revenge tale involving the two men, who are fabulous actors. I found my character interesting as she ages along with the men. I had to make her human, yet add oomph," she says.
The actor’s absence during the promotions of the film had led to speculation that her role wasn’t prominent enough, and that Yami Gautam’s character (she plays Varun’s wife in the film) was stealing her thunder. But Huma laughs this off, saying, "I don’t ponder over things said by people who are just out to discredit you. These rumours were absurd, so I let my work do the talking."
She is now six-films-old, but the actor believes that she hasn’t been typecast yet. "I have said before, too, that I am interested in doing mainstream films. As an actor, it would be limiting to keep doing the same thing. I am constantly on the lookout for out-of-the-box characters. I have no insecurity about being bracketed into a type or due to my looks. When a role has to happen to me, it will," she explains.
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Although Huma seems confident, she admits that she has her share of insecurities as an actor. "I am trying to find a place for myself. I worry that I might die too soon and won’t be able to do all the cool roles," she says, with a laugh, adding, "My peers are doing new things and I want to be associated with that kind of cinema too. I also wish I was an industry kid, because then, I would understand a lot of things better and would have had more people to guide me."
Ask her if more Hollywood films are on her wish list, and Huma feels that doing such projects is hyped in India, "perhaps because everyone wants to be cool". She adds, "There are many Hollywood co-productions happening now, which will yield good work for us. It would be exciting to work with talent from around the world. For instance, I am doing an official remake of a Hollywood film. Things are yet to be locked, but it would be fun to work with my brother (actor Saqib Saleem is also in the film) who is a bundle of energy."
Apart from a link-up with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap last year, the actor has succeeded in keeping her personal life under wraps. "There’s nothing to say till you are officially with someone," she says, insisting that she wouldn’t want to date anyone from the film industry. "It would be too stressful. You can’t have two mad people in the relationship. I am the mad one, so he has to be the grounding factor," she says, with a smile.