‘If I had cho­sen to sell ke­babs, it’d be eas­ier for me’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

Is there favouritism in Bol­ly­wood? You bet there is, says ac­tor Huma Qureshi. “Any­body who says that fa­voritism doesn’t ex­ist in Bol­ly­wood, would be ly­ing,” she says. At the same time, she isn’t greatly both­ered about it. “I can com­pletely un­der­stand that no­body chooses to be born into a given family,” says the ac­tor. “Any­way, it’s not a blame game where I’m try­ing to put down an­other per­son and say that some­body else does not de­serve [to be] where they are in their ca­reer.” Huma, 30, adds that it takes hard work, tal­ent and determination to be­come suc­cess­ful.

Draw­ing a par­al­lel be­tween in­dus­try prog­eny aka ‘star kids’ and her own family back­ground, Huma points out that be­cause her fa­ther Saleem Qureshi owns a res­tau­rant chain in Delhi, “if I had cho­sen to sell ke­babs, it would be far eas­ier for me than for any­body else”.

While hard work re­mains vi­tal, “the op­por­tu­ni­ties that come to you are far eas­ier; the projects that are of­fered to you are far big­ger; the bud­get sanc­tioned for the films you do would be much big­ger”, says Huma, adding that the same doors might not open for peo­ple who’re tal­ented but not con­nected to a film family.

But af­ter that head­start, the star kids have to prove their met­tle, she feels. “Not all are start­ing from the same line; how­ever, the fin­ish­ing line is the same,” states Huma. “We all have to show how much money our films make, or how many awards we win, or what crit­i­cal ac­claim our films get.”

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