In the midst of theories on why Kalki Koechlin isn’t starring in husband Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur, the film’s female lead, Huma Qureshi has an interesting input.
“Anurag directed me in a mobile commercial opposite Aamir Khan. He told me that I was doing his next film,” she recalls. “I didn’t quite believe him, but now I realise that I was probably one of the first people to be cast.”
Paired with Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Khan from Kahaani), Qureshi plays a girl named Mohsina in the two-part film. “She’s a small town girl of the ’90s who is a film buff. In her head, she’s the Madhuri Dixit or Raveena Tandon of her town, so someone like her has to fall in love with a man who is inspired by Amitabh Bachchan,” she says.
The Delhi girl admits that before she signed the film, she hadn’t even heard of Wasseypur. “I’m not familiar with Bihar. Absorbing the language and mannerisms of the place was my biggest challenge,” she says. “All of us went through workshops. While shooting there was a sense of togetherness and mutual respect. Anurag is a very confident director and that rubs off on you.”
Recounting incidents from the sets, Huma says, “We’d go exploring the bylanes and ghats of Benares, drink flavoured milk from ‘mitti key khullars’ and watch a lot of films on our days off.”
Huma, who will also be seen in upcoming films like Anurag’s Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and Vishal Bhardwaj’s Ek Thi Daayan, is excited to walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival this month. Has she decided on her outfits? “Varun Bahl is designing for me. All I know is that it’s black, gold and has the India stamp all over it. I didn’t want to be just another girl wearing an international designer.”