Until BADLAPUR released, actors Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui hogged all the limelight for their portrayal in the film. However, there was not enough buzz about the female counterparts (Yami Gautam, Huma Qureshi, Divya Dutta, Radhika Apte) in the Sriram Raghavan helmed project.
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When we asked Huma Qureshi, who played a brief yet impactful role in the film, the reason for keeping it under wraps, she said, “It was a conscious decision to keep the role under wraps. It’s better if the film and role talk for itself. It’s always better that your work speaks for you rather than the other way round. It’s a role that required lot of sensitivity. Although, I played a sex-worker in the film but it was not there to titillate. My scenes were not to create oomph factor. We meant to shock and move the audience. It was meant to feel emotional and bad for my character. In that aspect it was a right decision to promote the film because today when people watch the film, they have good thing to talk about. It just makes you feel very proud.”
And the credit for depicting Huma’s character in a beautiful manner goes to Sriram. “The way Sriram has conceived and written BADLAPUR, that’s exactly he has shot it. The kind of role he had in mind for me, a woman who is torn between two men who are fighting with each other for revenge and how good guy becomes the bad and vive-versa and how she is also destroyed because of this conflict, was just perfect. I am lucky to work with a good director like Sriram, who really has treated this subject beautifully. Because if you are in the wrong hands, you would have end-up being one more item girl. He has handled with so much of grace, dignity and sensitivity. Kudos to him!” the actress sings praises of the director.
From Anurag Kashyap to Sriram Raghavan, Huma has been quite selective about the directors she works with. “Absolutely, director is the captain of the ship. With good director, you can have best script in the world, you get the best cast. But if you don’t have it, everything will fall flat,” says Huma.
So how does she go about selecting a suitable role for herself? “I fold and pick chits (laughs),” she quips and adds on a serious note, “There is no formula. You just need the right director, right energy, and right script in place. It’s a combination of lot of things but I go with my gut. And 99.9 percent of the time my gut has been true. I say that all in humility and humbleness. I have enjoyed the process. You can do really big films and big numbers but if you are not happy during the process of the film then it’s not a fun.”
While BADLAPUR left a lasting impression on Varun’s mind, how much did it affect Huma? “For all us BADLAPUR was difficult emotionally. In Varun’s case, if it was a loss, in Nawaz’s case he was so dark, than in my case it was being humiliated in the worst possible manner you can humiliate a woman in the film. Of course it affects you deeply. These are not easy emotions; especially the scenes with Varun were tough. And it’s not easy for any actor of this generation to attempt something like this. It was very brave for all of us to even attempt something on this scale because it could have gone so horribly wrong. Full marks to whole team,” says the actress.
Huma was apprehensive enacting it and even had goose bumps performing it before and after. “Both the time I was shaken. I was very apprehensive. But Sriram really convinced me. Both the director and producer said to me that you would be a fool if you choose any other part in this film because this is the most significant part and I have to agree with both of them. The kind of appreciation I am getting now, I haven’t got it before, despite being a 20 minute role. All I want is when people leave the theater; they should take back me home!” Huma signs off.