‘Here we’re exploring a unique relationship which is healthier, cooler.’
Photograph: Kind courtesy Huma Qureshi/Instagram
Huma Qureshi is one among our greatest skills and unwilling to relaxation on her laurels. Instead, she’s always attempting to push the envelope.
Her new movie Valimai opens in the theatres in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Hindi.
It has her enjoying a cop and pairing up with Tamil famous person Ajith Kumar to derail a gaggle of biker outlaws. And whereas Huma did not get to journey a motorbike, she did get to do some daring stunts.
In a dialog with Rediff.com Senior Contributor Roshmila Bhattacharya, Huma says, “We imagine it’s India’s largest motion movie.”
The first of a two-part interview:
Going by the trailer, Valimai appears like one hell of an motion thriller.
(Laughs) We imagine it’s India’s largest motion movie. Even I used to be blown away!
You are a part of the motion too.
Yes, I play a powerful, self-righteous cop who’s as a lot part of the investigation as the males. It’s not as if ladies are solely meant to be rescued or play the sufferer card.
I get pleasure from motion movies, bahut dekhi thi.
I’ve waited and wished extra such movies with ladies are made as a result of we will do motion in addition to guys, possibly even higher, given the alternative.
I’m grateful to Boney sir (Producer Boney Kapoor) and writer-director H Vinoth for giving me the alternative to do motion in an Ajith Kumar movie.
Ajith sir is a really supportive co-star, bahut maza aaya working with him.
IMAGE: Huma Qureshi in Valimai.
What was your most daring stunt?
I had to drive a lorry by means of crowded roads one night time, and the group wasn’t assured I’d pull it off. Even once I was sitting in the driver’s seat, they stored asking, ‘Are you positive you are able to do it?’
I identified that I’ve pushed earlier than, possibly by no means a lorry, however the gears are the identical.
‘And if I can not do it, chala lena stunt double se,’ I instructed them.
I shocked even myself by the approach I drove a lorry.
Everyone was beaming on the set and even I went house blissful.
Even the hand-to-hand fight scenes had been nice enjoyable.
Did you drive a motorbike too on condition that the mission revolves round monitoring down a gaggle of outlaw bikers concerned in heinous crimes?
No, however I learnt to drive a motorbike, thanks to Ajith sir who does all his personal stunts.
He loves bikes, travels throughout the nation and overseas along with his biker gang.
During the shoot, he’d inform me about these journeys and I used to be so impressed that after I used to be again in Mumbai, I contacted these two ladies who have a ladies’s biker membership, and do stunts in movies.
Within every week, I used to be driving down Carter Road (Bandra, north west Mumbai).
I posted some movies.
All credit score to Ajith sir for firing my enthusiasm. Maybe in my subsequent movie, I’ll get to do some bike stunts.
IMAGE: Ajith and Huma Qureshi in Valimai.
How tough was it pulling off a movie like this in the midst of a pandemic?
We had been additionally questioning how we might shoot a movie of this scale and magnificence.
Pulling off a Valimai even in regular occasions would have been a job.
But Ajith sir is a pacesetter who conjures up others.
He instructed Boney sir not to fear, he would not depart until we had completed the movie and we might guarantee everybody stayed protected.
The approach he stated it inspired us to make Valimai occur. I’ve learnt quite a bit from watching him.
But the pandemic reportedly introduced sure modifications in the script, together with removing your romantic scenes with Ajith Kumar.
Yes. When I used to be provided the movie, although I used to be always enjoying a cop and we had been colleagues, Ajith sir and I had a romantic observe.
But later, scheduling bought difficult with sure feminine actors not wanting to shoot for well being causes.
This necessitated sure modifications and that is when the director determined to put off the romantic angle.
It’s refreshing this manner.
Why does the lead pair always have to fall in love?
Here we’re exploring a unique relationship which is healthier, cooler.