A bunch of new Bollywood actresses have been gracing the silver screen off late and leading the pack is the stunner Huma Qureshi. This fresh faced, young talent has been drawing attention for her acting prowess and her stints in movies like Gangs of Wasseypur, Love Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and Ek Thi Daayan has been applauded by critics and viewers alike.
Born on 26th July, 1986, in a Muslim family, Huma Qureshi had always harbored the dream of becoming an actress. Her father is a restaurateur and has at least ten restaurants across Delhi known as Saleem's. Huma's brother, Saqib Salim is also an actor and was a part of 'Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge', directed by Nupur Asthana in the year 2011.
Huma first made her foray into the world of glamour and glitz as a model. She had also been a part of several television commercials and theatrical productions in Delhi and was a quite well known face even before she made her debut in Bollywood.
Huma Qureshi Professional Background
Huma Qureshi's professional theatre background is commendable and she has worked with some of the best theatre directors in the country including Rahul Pulkeshi, Aamir Raza Husian, NK Sharma and Sohaila Kapur. After shifting base from Delhi to Mumbai, Huma featured in commercials for brands like Samsung Guru, Pears Soap, Mederma Cream, Vita Marie and Nerolac among others. In fact she had worked with Bollywood superstars like Aamir Khan Shah Rukh Khan in some of these commercials. Huma was appreciated in each of the commercials she appeared in and this helped her to get recognition from people in the Mumbai industry.
Once while Huma Qureshi was shooting for a commercial, noted Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap noticed her acting skills and there and then promised her that she would be a part of his next directorial venture. Anurag kept his promise and signed Huma for 'Gangs of Wasseypur, the crime thriller that he was directing and thus began Huma's journey in Bollywood. In the movie Gangs of Wasseypur, Huma played the role of a supporting character and the name of her character was Mohsina. The film was first screened in the 65th edition of the Cannes Film Festival and along with the film Huma's performance was also praised in the movie. A lot of film critics compared Huma to yesteryear's actress Smita Patil and opined that that the warmth, intensity, sincerity and earthiness that she portrayed on screen were amazing. She was hailed as a good actress who could hold her own even when a film featured an ensemble cast and needless to say this was more-than-great reviews for an actress acting in her first Bollywood movie. After the Gangs of Wasseypur, Huma was also appreciated for her unconventional looks. Huma is different from the size zero heroines, she is dusky and curvy and the raw sensuality that she exudes on screen is explicable.
Huma Qureshi had also signed a South Indian film Billa (a Tamil gangster thriller) and she was slated to play the female lead opposite South Indian actor Ajith Kumar. However, the movie got delayed for some reason and she decided to opt out of the movie due some other commitments that she had already made earlier. Huma also featured in a shot film Sujata and her role in that film earned a special mention in the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in 2012.
Huma Qureshi Performance
Huma Qureshi Movies
Huma's recently released movie is 'Ek Thi Daayan', a supernatural thriller produced by Ekta Kapoor. In this film, the name of the character portrayed by Huma was called Tamara. The film also featured Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma and Kalki Koechlin. This movie was about a magician who was hunted by a witch and received mixed reviews. However, once again Huma's performance was appreciated and critics were of the opinion that though in the movie she has very little scope to showcase her acting skills, she made the most of it.
Huma's commendable performances in the movies that she has featured in and made the directors and producers sit up and take notice of her and she has already signed quite a few films and have started shooting for a few of them.
In the year 2013, Huma's fans can accept to see her in at least two movies; D-Day, a Nikhil Advani production also starring Irrfan Khan and also the sequel of 2010 movie Ishqiya, titled Dedh Ishqiya. Along with Huma, Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit and Arshad Warsi will be seen in the film.
Huma has also performed in an item song in 'Trishna' a Hindi version of a drama based film. The film also stars Frieda Pinto of Slumdog Millionaire fame.