‘It’s wrong to com­pare me with Priyanka, Deepika’

Huma Qureshi, who just made her Hol­ly­wood de­but, says she looks up to the ‘se­nior’ ac­tors

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Ac­tor Priyanka Cho­pra (left, above) started it, and oth­ers were quick to fol­low suit. Mak­ing a mark in the West seems to be a trend that’s fast pick­ing up among Bol­ly­wood ac­tors. Lat­est to join the league is ac­tor Huma Qureshi (right), who has made her de­but in Hol­ly­wood with film­maker Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House. Ask her whether she planned work­ing in a Hol­ly­wood film, Huma replies, “I’ve never planned my ca­reer. I’m an ac­tor and wher­ever good work takes me, I’ll go there. I’m grate­ful for the script I chose and the char­ac­ter I played.” While many In­dian ac­tors, in the past have worked in the West, only

a few such as Priyanka Cho­pra, Deepika

Padukone (left, be­low) and now Huma have man­aged to play lead roles.

Huma is un­per­turbed by com­par­i­son that is be­ing drawn be­tween her con­tem­po­raries in the West, she says that she isn’t in the rat race, whether it’s Bol­ly­wood or Hol­ly­wood. She elu­ci­dates, “It’s wrong to com­pare me with Priyanka or Deepika. I don’t see any com­pe­ti­tion, as they are se­niors and I look up to them. I’m proud of what they’ve done for them­selves and for our coun­try.”

She adds, “It’s not that just be­cause every­one is do­ing some­thing in Hol­ly­wood, so I must also do it. If I’m do­ing a film in the West, it has to be some­thing that’s worth do­ing.”

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

PHOTO: AN­GELA WEISS/AFP

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