Sunday, June 25, 2017 | ePaper

I was asked to change my name as it resembled a Pakistani actor's name: Huma Qureshi

  • Print


Actor Huma Qureshi has been in Bollywood for the past five years - she came into the limelight with Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), and then was part of films like D-Day (2013) and Jolly LLB 2 (2017). Although she is well known now, there was a time when Huma was trying to make a name for herself. Recalling those days, and the advice she got then, she laughs now.
"I was asked to change my name, as there's a Pakistani actor with the same name and [I was told] that I wouldn't want that association, [more so] since I wanted to be the leading lady. I was like, 'I am not going to do that. I will always be Huma Qureshi and people will have to deal with that,'" says Huma, who will next be seen alongside superstar Rajinikanth in a film directed by Pa. Ranjith.
Talking about her early days trying to get a break in films, Huma, a Delhi girl, says that she started getting advertising work as soon as she reached Mumbai. "I started getting a lot of work once I came to Mumbai. I was working with some of the biggest ad filmmakers. But I had to give auditions," she says. "There would be days when I'd pack a dabba in the morning and head out. I remember this Gujarati aunty would pack my tiffin because I wanted to eat ghar ka khana. Casting agents would send us messages like, 'Today's look Indian or Western.' And then, we'd pack a big bag with all our changing options and go to places that we hadn't even heard of. Then we'd go and change in some dingy casting agent's studio and give the audition. Sometimes we were rejected - you have to take all sorts of comments from people. It was hard, new, and challenging."

More News For this Category

Mandira Bedi’s next short film as an edgy girlfriend

Mandira Bedi’s next short film as an edgy girlfriend

Actress and host Mandira Bedi has worn several hats in her career spanning 21 years. She catapulted to fame as Shanti on the small screen and was later seen

Richa Chadha`s powerful Zarina Malik promo will leave you surprised

Richa Chadha`s powerful Zarina Malik promo will leave you surprised

The new teaser of Inside Edge has been released some time back. The promo features Richa Chadha as Zarina Malik who is a superstar and team owner of the

Is Shraddha teaming up with Mohit Suri again for her next?

Is Shraddha teaming up with Mohit Suri again for her next?

Mohit Suri recently spoke about a film that he has planned to do with Farhan Akhtar, a father - son relationship story where he will be seen playing a

Nipun pairs up with Milon for third time

Nipun pairs up with Milon for third time

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Popular film actress Nipun will be seen to work with popular face of the small screen Anisur Rahman Milon in a special play in Eid-ul-Fitr. As

Shakib Khan banned for lifetime

Shakib Khan banned for lifetime

Entertainment Report :Sixteen film associations have collectively imposed a lifetime ban on popular  Dhallywood superstar Shakib Khan following his ‘disparaging comments on film associations and senior actor Faruk.’ From

Govinda`s look from Jagga Jasoos revealed

Govinda`s look from Jagga Jasoos revealed

While fans are holding their breath for a rumoured Shah Rukh Khan cameo in Jagga Jasoos, a still from the film has made its way to the internet, showing

Shahrukh is not doing a cameo in Jagga Jasoos

Shahrukh is not doing a cameo in Jagga Jasoos

It was recently reported that Shah Rukh Khan will do a cameo in Ranbir Kapoor’s Jagga Jasoos, however contrary to the rumours it emerges that Shah Rukh Khan will

Poppy pairs up with Apurba for second time

Poppy pairs up with Apurba for second time

Entertainment Report :National Film Award winner actress Poppy and popular TV actor Ziaul Faruk Apurba acted special telefilm titled Dupur Akashey Ekla Chil will be aired on ATN Bangla

How Ranbir Kapoor prepped for Jagga Jasoos?

Ranbir Kapoor who led the audience enchanted with his look and mannerisms in Jagga Jasoos left no stone unturned to ace his act. The actor shredded nearly 11kgs to

Sezal Sharma spotted while doing Yoga on Int’l Yoga Day

Sezal Sharma spotted while doing Yoga on Int’l Yoga Day

Yoga, the ancient Indian science of acquiring a perfectly balanced body and mind, is part of the exercise regimen of many Bollywood celebrities. June 21 is celebrated as International