'There is no dream role, but roles'

Often seen in “serious” roles, actress Huma Qureshi is hopeful of bagging comic roles in the future. “I used to do a lot of comedy as part of theatre in Delhi. But people started thinking of me as a very serious actor, which is not true at all. I have a sense of humour and comic timing which has so far been untapped. I am hopeful that a comedy film will happen soon,” says Qureshi who has acted in Gangs of Wasseypur, a two-part crime drama; Badlapur,  a revenge drama and Dedh Ishqiya, a black comedy.

The 29-year-old adds, “I would love to go back to theatre. But I don’t have the time right now as I have my hands full with film commitments at the moment. But that chaska (addiction) of theatre never goes. That kind of immediate reaction from the audience – applause or appreciation – is not possible in films.” 

On her dream role, she quips, “There is no dream role, but roles. It’s like something that challenges you, something that you haven’t done before. I try and do new types of roles. If I repeat, I myself will get bored and so will the audience. But I would love to play historic characters, something like a periodical drama,” she tells Metrolife on the sidelines of the launch of Rio Tinto Diamonds brand initiative, Nazraana, at PC Jewellers recently. She adds, “I love diamonds.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Anything set in platinum with diamond appeals to me. I am very lazy, so I don’t like to change my jewellery often. I buy something that I can wear with anything and everything.”

Having portrayed protagonists in the anthological Shorts (2013), and the Marathi road drama Highway (2015), and featured briefly in the collaborative film X: Past Is Present (2015, Qureshi feels language has not been a hindrance to her choice
of roles.

“My career has been about making rare and rave choices because that is the kind of person I am. As far as regional films are concerned, language is no barrier to express oneself. I am now doing an English film (Gurinder Chadda’s Viceroy House). The idea is to connect with the audience, with the right emotions.

And I love experimenting with my roles,” avers Qureshi who will be seen sharing screen space with her brother Saqib Saleem in the Hindi adaptation of Hollywood horror movie Oculus.

Emphasising that today’s woman is a combination of traditions and modernity,
she says, “I have always been a strong advocate of women rights. A good society is identified by the way they treat their women and children. I think we need to create a society where every girl feels beautiful, feels cherished and protected.”

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