Huma Qureshi is currently working on director Gurinder Chadha’s next film, which is a British-Indian historical drama. The actor was recently shooting for the movie in Jodhpur (Rajasthan) with a British crew. Huma says she was impressed with their style of working. “One thing we need to learn from the west is how professional they are about their work. A 7.30am call time means just that. That’s something we need to imbibe from them,” says the actor, adding, “And people in the west need to learn from us how we work with our stories.”
While Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone
are currently exploring Hollywood projects, Huma says that many Indian celebs are hesitant to do so. “Indian actors are afraid to go and work abroad because people are very professional over there. In India, we have become very lazy. Everything happens slowly, and as per God’s will. A 9am call time means we start working at whatever time we wish,” says Huma.
Nonetheless, the actor is glad that Indian actors are being offered better roles in international projects now. “Earlier, we were never given the main role. We were always the sidekicks,” she says.
Huma adds that she would take up a Hollywood project, if her character isn’t presented as a parody. “If I’m playing an Indian in a Hollywood film, I won’t do it in any funny Indian accent. Earlier, Indians played caricatures in international movies. But, today, we do stories that are original, and not the ones that stereotype Indians in any way. That’s a positive change,” she says.
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