ON A ROLL
India Today|June 21, 2021
Huma Qureshi talks about juggling the multiple roles of an actress, a fundraiser for Covid relief and an author
Suhani Singh

Huma Qureshi’s character in Maharani gives a voice to all the women undermined and suppressed on a daily basis

With the second wave of Covid putting a stop to all activity, most of Bollywood lay low in May. Not Huma Qureshi, though. First up was promoting the Hollywood action thriller, Army of the Dead, in which she has a brief part as a desperate mother stuck in a zombie-infested Las Vegas. Thankfully, Qureshi is spared a gruesome death—a routine feature in director Zack Snyder’s films. She doesn’t seem peeved about her limited screen time, though. That’s because back in India, she has the spotlight to herself in SonyLIV’s political drama Maharani. Qureshi plays the titular character, the wife of Bihar’s chief minister, forced to fill the seat of political power. In the time not spent shooting, Qureshi has been raising funds for the ‘Save the Children’ initiative, which will be directed towards setting up a 100-bed medical facility in Delhi to help the underprivileged battle Covid. For the 34-year-old, her social outreach work off-camera is as significant as the work she does on camera.

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