In the midst of promoting her debut Hollywood project, Huma Qureshi reacts to Kangana Ranaut’s comments in mid-day dissing actors looking West
Huma Qureshi and Kangana Ranaut
"People say anything. Ever so often, they come out with these doomsday prophecies," says Huma Qureshi, only minutes after claiming she won't comment on Kangana Ranaut's statements on the impending downfall of Hollywood studios. In an earlier interview with mid-day, Kangana responded to questions on Hollywood outings of her contemporaries, saying, "It would be stupid for anyone to make the move to the West now. Their theatre business is crashing because of the influx of digital media. Asia, on the other hand, is where Hollywood was 15 years ago. It is a lucrative time for entertainment here."
Huma, however, says cinema, in any country, will always be celebrated. "Cinema can be informative, educative, entertaining or inspiring. It's not going anywhere," says the actress, who features in Gurinder Chadha's Viceroy's House, which also features a line-up of other Indian artistes, including Manish Dayal and the late Om Puri.
Huma isn't skipping a chance to paint her social media with images of her travel diaries, posing for selfies from the Brit Awards on one occasion and hosting a live chat session from the Facebook headquarters at the other. But these multiple international outings are not indicative of an imminent move abroad. Huma, in fact, doesn't even believe that individuals can be restricted to one industry. "The world we live in is a collaborative one and travelling from one part of the globe to another is seamless. If I choose to, I can be a part of not two but three different industries. It only depends on the roles that come my way."
She backs her statement by drawing attention to her historic-drama, which narrates the story of Lord Mountbatten as he oversees the end of the three-century long colonial rule in India in 1947. "This film has been created by a British-Indian director, written by her American screenwriter-husband, features a cast that's English, American and Indian, and is set to narrate the story of the Partition of India to a white audience. This is the perfect example of the collaboration we are seeing in the industry."