‘Peo­ple told me not to be­come an ac­tor’

Huma Qureshi says peo­ple told her she didn’t fit the pa­ram­e­ter of be­ing an ac­tor, but she stuck on

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Ac­tor Huma Qureshi (left), who has been ad­mired for her per­for­mances in films such as Bad­la­pur (2015) and Gangs of Wassey­pur (2012), says that she was ad­vised to not be­come an ac­tor. How­ever, the 28-year-old says that she was al­ways very clear about what she wanted to do. “I came here with just an idea in my head. Ev­ery­one tried to talk me out of be­com­ing an ac­tor. They said that I didn’t fit the pa­ram­e­ter of be­ing an ac­tor, and that I didn’t come from a filmy fam­ily. De­spite that I stuck on to what I wanted to do. I think it is turn­ing out pretty well,” she says.

The ac­tor, who is cur­rently shoot­ing for the re­make of Ocu­lus, in Lon­don, says that she has al­ways cho­sen qual­ity over quan­tity when it came to work. “It has been a con­scious de­ci­sion ... I don’t want to do too many things. I am not a part of a rat race where I just want to be seen. I am not in­se­cure that if I don’t do films, peo­ple will for­get me,” she says, adding, “I am con­stantly try­ing to go for in­ter­est­ing scripts and projects. That has al­ways been my am­bi­tion. As an ac­tor, I try to make the best of what is of­fered to me.”

Huma says that she has a long way to go where suc­cess is con­cerned. “I have to do so much. I am very needy (as an ac­tor). It has been an event­ful jour­ney for me till now and I have val­ued ev­ery minute of it. But I am still learn­ing and mak­ing mis­takes. I learn some­thing new with ev­ery film. There is a long way to go but it has be­gun well,” she says.

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