‘Tashan ke peechhe mat bhaago’

Ac­tor Huma Qureshi shares anec­dotes from her col­lege days, and gives tips to this year’s DU as­pi­rants

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - AS TOLD TO AN­JURI NA­YAR SINGH

My col­lege days were fun but I re­mem­ber there was this con­fu­sion about whether to go for a pop­u­lar col­lege or take the course of my choice. I think that it is im­por­tant to fol­low your pas­sion, that was what I did. Go­ing to a bet­ter col­lege may seem more glam­orous and ex­pose you to many more things, but it’s bet­ter ki tashan ki peechhe nahi bhagke, jo aapko karna hai woh karo.

I took up history hon­ours in Gargi col­lege (2007 batch), and was also in­volved in dra­mat­ics, de­bat­ing and was the editor of the news­let­ter of my depart­ment. I think DU al­lows you to ex­plore your­self as a per­son. You meet amaz­ing peo­ple and forge new friend­ships, you travel for fes­ti­vals, you dance, sing, bunk classes and study. I think it is a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

What­ever I am to­day is be­cause of those three years that I spent in DU. The place re­ally helped me de­velop as a per­son. My life was very shel­tered be­fore I en­tered col­lege. I used to be driven around in my car and would be chap­er­oned ev­ery­where. Go­ing to col­lege re­ally made me in­de­pen­dent.

In fact, I re­mem­ber that I started watch­ing films only in col­lege. There was a club that Ira Bhaskar, Swara Bhaskar’s (ac­tor) mother, used to run. She is one per­son who I have to thank for open­ing my eyes to the world of cin­ema. She would or­gan­ise film screen­ings and dis­cus­sions with film­mak­ers. For all of you who are try­ing for ad­mis­sion now, get­ting into a good col­lege seems like the end of the world, but there is life be­yond this as well.

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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