Gangs of Wasseypur’s Huma Qureshi claims to be a product of Anurag Kashyap’s cinema. During a promotional interview of Huma’s impending film Partition: 1947, she answered to questions pertaining to the role of directors like Tigmanshu Dhulia and Anurag Kashyap in providing cinemas that are solely driven by content.
Huma said, “I am a product of Anurag Kashyap’s cinema, he directed my debut film and I am glad that Gangs of Wasseypur was my first film. When I was working on the film I didn’t realize it then but the specialty of the film is that no matter where you are from you will enjoy the film and will be able to relate to it.
“I think in that sense that Gangs of Wasseypur was a perfect launch for me. It was dubbed in various languages and received international appreciation as well. As an actor, the film was very important for me because it gave a direction to my future journey”.
Talking about the state of content driven and mainstream cinema Huma said “I think times are changing, audience is changing and cinema is changing. You will notice that nowadays no films work because some names are attached to it; it works because the content is great.”
She added, “I think people also want to see something new. We are in a digital age and people can watch any content that is available all around the world in any language. I think the time has come to watch and to make interesting films with stories that people will love to watch. And the box office also supports such films now, which is great news.”
When asked about her preference for the type of roles and films Huma shares “I like doing challenging roles and different characters. I try my level best to make sure I am doing something new or different; it doesn’t matter if it’s my first film or last.”
“This was a challenging film for me. The film has now been dubbed in Hindi for the Indian audience, and I really think people will appreciate the hard work that we have done for this period film.” she says.
Talking about the censor board debate Huma said, “Certification is necessary and as much as I understand, the censor board is supposed to certify the film and not dictate what people can watch. We are not a regressive society, I think Indian culture is very progressive, may it be our literature or our movies, we are making amazing films and we will continue to do it in future. People in the west love our films, our actors and we are moving forward.”
Last seen in Jolly LLB 2, Huma is all set make her international debut in Partition: 1947 which is scheduled to release on August 18. Moreover, she will also be seen in a Tamil film Kaala which is directed by Pa. Ranjith.