Huma Qureshi completed 10 years in the entertainment industry recently. In an exclusive interview with OTV News digital, she got candid on starting her journey in Bollywood, how she got the role in Gangs of Wasseypur, and what's the strategy she adopts while choosing a script or a role for a movie.
While spilling beans on how she got the role in Gangs of Wasseypur, which also happens to be her debut movie, Huma said that she did not audition for it; rather, she had auditioned for an advertisement in which she was to feature with Aamir Khan.
Coincidentally, Anurag Kashyap was the director of this ad and he promised Huma that he would definitely keep her in mind for his next movie. While Huma took it lightly, Anurag did offer her the role in Gangs of Wasseypur which received critical acclaim and also the love of the audience. But she did have to audition for all her other roles that followed these films till Dedh Ishkiya, revealed Huma.
From Gangs of Wasseypur, Badlapur to Ek Thi Dayan and now Maharani, Huma has been quite picky about her roles. Throwing light on how she chooses a script, the Bell Bottom actress said she does not have a process and that she goes through a script and meets the people who are doing the project so that she can understand, who they are and why they are making a particular movie or series, their vision and vibe. But even after that, for Huma, it is the content that is the first reason why she selects a particular project.
Moreover, it should be something that she has not done before that seals the deal for Huma. To be candid, she simply doesn't want to repeat herself. The actress said that she does not find any difference between working for the big screen or an OTT platform because according to her, “ an actor’s job is an actor’s job.” But she did say that a web series is a far longer process.
When asked how does the box-office performance of a movie affects an actor, Huma Qureshi said that when the film does not work, it is a sort of rejection and it does hurt. But for her, the process of making movies and the fun she had stayed with her more.