Huma Qureshi, who has played powerful roles in films like “Gangs of Wasseypur” and “D-Day”, believes that she has grown as an actor.
“I believe I’ve grown as an actor because that happens with the practice and the experience. As a person, I’m a lot calmer and take every release Friday as it comes,” Huma told IANS.
She said that as an actor, it’s important to dabble in a variety of genres.
“That helps you get better with your craft. It has never been a conscious decision to gravitate towards these roles. For me, it’s the script and the filmmaker that are deciding factors,” said the actress, who has collaborated with online fashion destination KOOVS.com for the brand’s Autumn Winter 18 collection.
The actress looks boho chic as she is styled in brand’s latest HUMA X KOOVS line.
She is seen sporting everything from printed dresses to dhoti pants to high low dresses highlighting the best in fusion wear and her love for Bohemian wear.
Asked if she is an online shopper, the actress said: “Most definitely, especially since my work leaves me very little time to actually visit stores and shop. The online platform makes it much more convenient.” (IANS)
Actress Huma Qureshi thinks it is brave of women to come out and talk about their #MeToo stories, saying the movement will bring positive change in the country. However, she also urges people to “listen to the victims”.
“I think #MeToo is the most relevant movement that has happened in recent times in India as far as women are concerned. And I think it is amazing but heartbreaking to hear stories about stuff that women — and supposedly powerful and successful women — go through every single day,” Huma Qureshi told IANS on the sidelines of the showcase of H&M’s new designer collection in collaboration with iconic Italian brand Moschino.
“Recently, I saw a picture of Lady Gaga where she wore a pant suit. At the event, she spoke about the fact that she wanted to wear pants because she has been a victim of sexual assault and that she still doesn’t have the guts to talk about it. Now that’s something to think about.
“I think there is something to take away from that, and I say, more power to all the women who are choosing to talk about it. It’s very brave and I think we must really get up and listen to them because we are not listening to them,” Huma Qureshi added.
After making quite an impact in the West, the #MeToo wave has swept into Bollywood and beyond, following Tanushree Dutta recounting an unpleasant episode with veteran actor Nana Patekar on the sets of “Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss” in 2008.
It has brought out many dark truths from the world of Bollywood, with women coming out to name and shame the offenders. Celebrities like Vikas Bahl, Chetan Bhagat, Gursimran Khamba, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor, Alok Nath, Anu Malik and Sajid Khan have been named and shamed for using their positions to exploit the vulnerable.
The actress feels the #MeToo movement is here to stay.
“I hope and I pray that it will result in a lot of positive changes for not just our film industry but the for the world and country at large,” said Huma, who was here to showcase the fashion collection, which consists of apparel and accessories for women, men and even dogs.
The collection’s key pieces include Disney-inspired sweatshirts, logo t-shirts and party ready ensembles in black and gold.
Huma said their designs are trendy, hip and young. “This is something I resonate with,” she said.
Is Huma a fashion conscious person?
“I am a fashion conscious person to the extent that I always believe that you should follow your own vibes and I have always done that. I think fashion is about expressing yourself and expressing your personality. I have never tried to look like the herd. I always try and stand out and that, for me, is the most important thing,” she said.
From “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana”, “Ek Thi Daayan”, “Dedh Ishqiya” to “Jolly LLB 2”, Huma Qureshi has portrayed strong female characters in films. However, she doesn’t want her life to influence youngsters.
“I don’t want my life to influence youngsters. I always say don’t follow me, as I am constantly lost. I think everybody should explore themselves. You should travel, meet lots of people, make friends and grow,” said the actress, who is also likely to announce “something very exciting” soon. (IANS)