Actress Huma Qureshi, who is sharing screen space with Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit in ‘Dedh Ishqiya’, said that working with her idol has been a dream come true.
The actress also said that she had no illusions about her role in the movie and knew exactly what she was getting into.
“Madhuri is the quintessential heroine of all times. There is a lot of pressure when you are working with her, but she made it really easy for me. When I decided to sign the film, I knew exactly what I was doing. So there was no apprehension or insecurity,” said Huma Qureshi to PTI.
“Even on the set, I had a great team, a great director, who never once made me feel that there is some sort of disparity or that I am the second lead," Huma added.
Huma Qureshi said that she wasn’t competing with Madhuri Dixit in the movie but in fact is honored to share screen space with her.
“And most importantly I never thought that I was competing with her. I think it is a huge compliment for me that I am starring with her in the film. You can't compete with the Sun. There can be no competition," she said.
‘Dedh Ishqiya’ is a sequel to 2010 super hit movie ‘Ishqiya’, which starred Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah.
The movie will see Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah move from Gorakhpur (where ‘Ishqiya’ was set) to Lucknow and meet a highly cultured Muslim family that includes Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi. While Naseeruddin Shah will romance Madhuri, Arshad Warsi will romance Huma Qureshi.
The movie will be directed by ‘Ishqiya’ director Abhishek Chaubey and produced by Vishal Bhardwaj.
The movie will release on January 10.
Huma Qureshi, who made her debut with director Anurag Kashyap's magnum opus ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ last year, has been a part of many multi-star movies. Huma said that it isn’t a conscious decision to be a part of multi starrer’s but is glad to have had strong characters in each of her films.
“Even in films with multiple stars, female characters are not just one-dimensional - there is so much more to them. I think that is amazing. I would love to do a film that is entirely about me- maybe a biopic or a historical character,” she said.
“But till then as long as I am getting strong roles in films with multiple stars like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Ek Thi Daayan’ or ‘D-Day’, I am not complaining. I will do a female lead film but it has to be the right one," Huma added.
Huma also believes that the stature of women portrayed in films nowadays has changed drastically and actresses have moved on from playing the arm candy to the main lead.
"During the time of Nutan and Waheeda Rehmanji, female centric roles were written and they did characters that were much more evolved and rounded. But in between we lost our way and women were just ad-ons,” Huma Qureshi said.
"However, now it is different. The kind of roles that are being written and the films that are being made today are far better. Nowadays female centric films are not just about the sad plight of women but they are about celebrating womanhood," Hume Qureshi concluded.