Huma Qureshi revealed – There was a big reason behind doing a small role in ‘Bell Bottom’


Huma Qureshi has received a lot of support this year for the Hollywood film ‘Army of the Dead’ and the web series ‘Maharani’. Now he is also in discussion about his new film ‘Bell Bottom’. Huma’s character is small in this film. In an exclusive conversation with ‘Navbharat Times’, when asked why she played a small role in the film after the lead role in series like ‘Maharani’ and ‘Leela’, Huma said that there is a big reason behind it. Huma says that this film has been shot during the pandemic and it is very important for the cinema industry. Huma has revealed why she accepted a small role in ‘Bell Bottom’. Read this exclusive conversation:

In the web series ‘Maharani’, you lived the journey of a rural household woman to becoming the Chief Minister on screen. What is the status of the second season of the series?
Will do a second season too, it is being written now. I am very happy with the way the Queen has received the love of the people. Especially women, media and people of politics appreciated it very much, everyday I used to get many messages. I did a lot of hard work too, but when its result is good, then there is a lot of satisfaction.

‘Bell Bottom’ is a film by Akshay Kumar. How important is your role in that?
I am in the role of an agent. Yes, the film revolves around the character of Akshay sir how he rescues the hijack plane and the people in it. My character comes in the second half. I am an undercover agent who works as an airport staff. How she helps them is special. Got to do some action too and when Akshay sir gets to act in a film, it feels great because we have always seen him as a Khiladi Kumar. Anyway, I am a fan of movies. While watching movies, I used to think that we have to do the same, so whenever I get a chance to do that, it is a lot of fun, because a lot of childhood memories are attached to it.

Like you said your character comes in the second half. Why did you agree to a role with such a short screen time after a title role like ‘Leela’ or ‘Maharani’?
Let me tell you why I did this film. This is a very important thing. When Jackky (Bhagnani) and Akshay sir got a call for this film in July, we were in first lockdown. He said that we are making this film. There is this character in it. It will be very difficult, but we want the film to be made because we don’t know when the world will open. Nobody knew anything. The reason for making this film was very important. So, as an artiste, I wanted to support such a film because it is a film we shot when the whole world was closed. This film is important because today while theaters are closed in many places, it is coming to the theaters, which will re-open the industry. So, if my appearance in it helps this thing a bit, then I’ll support that idea without thinking hey, what’s my role in it? small or big? No, I wanted to support the spirit that we will not let this pandemic defeat ourselves. We won’t be upset, we will go and make a film. I wanted to support cinema. No matter how small my role, I may come in the second half, but even after many years people will remember that these crazy people came after shooting when the whole world was closed.

You are doing everything from Hollywood to South and from Hindi films to web-series. Is it a well thought out strategy that you have to be present everywhere?
The only advantage in today’s date is that it is no longer necessary to be bound by any one region or language. I am very fortunate that I am getting a chance to work with the best actors and directors from every industry. I am doing bell bottom, so I am also a part of Army of the Dead. I am working on OTT, while doing a very big film with a very big star of South, so I am very lucky and I take it very seriously. I work with full dedication. That looks good to me. As an actor, I want to learn something different everyday. If I keep doing the same thing everyday, I will get bored myself. I want to keep challenging myself constantly. That’s what I’m doing.

It is reported that after the dance number in ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, you are also a part of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s web series ‘Hira Mandi’?
Right now I have done a very lovely song with Sanjay sir in Gangubai Kathiawadi. I am very excited about this song as he is my favorite filmmaker. We were supposed to shoot this song long back in January, but when the second wave of Corona came, we shot it much later. I was very happy to work with him as there is no other creative genius filmmaker like him in Indian cinema. Like my prayer was accepted. I always used to say that Sanjay sir should shoot me once. I wanted to see a picture of how he sees me, because the way he looks at his actresses, the ones he creates on the world, she is so beautiful.


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