Huma Qureshi has said that Deepa Mehta was the person who led her to believe that she “will not bore the public”. Huma collaborated with Deepa on the Netflix show, Leila, in which she acquired the titular role. †Also Read: Farah Khan Shares Video Of Huma Qureshi, Aditi Rao Hydari Breaking Plates In Restaurant

Deepa directed the first two episodes of Leila. Urmi Juvekar adapted Prayaag Akbar’s 2017 novel for the six-part show. It told the story of a mother’s search for her child, set against a dystopian backdrop.

Speaking to ETimes, Huma said: “After working with Deepa Mehta on the show Leila, my perspective changed a lot. It was such a turning point. Khoon chakh liya maine (I tasted blood). The joy of leading a project is scary and empowering in the same breath. And that’s what she gave me. Deepa made me believe that I can carry a whole show and be in every frame without boring the audience. She made me believe I had it in me. When an opportunity presents itself, you take it.” She also said the show opened doors for her to work with Hollywood bigwigs like Zack Snyderhuma made her Hollywood debut with Zack in Army of the Dead in 2021.

She added that she got several good projects in which she starred, after Leila, Huma said, “This is Huma Qureshi 2.0. I want to call it that without sounding vain. I’m not the same person I used to be. I try to do things differently. As an actor, the more fearless you become, the more this industry and the audience rewards you.”

Huma Qureshi recently completed the shooting of Tarla† Directed by debutant Piyush Gupta, it is a biopic about popular food writer and chef Tarla Dalal. Tarla is widely known for hosting popular cooking shows The Tarla Dalal Show and Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal. She also wrote several cookbooks and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007. She died at the age of 77, in 2013. Tarla is produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari.

Huma as Tarla in one of her Instagram posts.
Huma as Tarla in one of her Instagram posts.

Huma also has Double XL in the pipeline in which Sonakshi Sinha also plays the leading role. She is also working on Vasan Bala’s Netflix movie Monica O My Darling and the second season of her SonyLIV series, Maharani.


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