Huma Qureshi on representation of women on screen


These are exciting times for female film artists, says the actor Huma Qureshi, who says there’s been an interesting “shift” in how storytellers approach female characters on screen. According to the Huma, known for movies like “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Badlapur”, “Monica, O My Darling” and OTT shows “Leila” and “Maharani”, female actors are now eager to play versatile characters. “In recent years we see more such (female-oriented) movies, the new term is female-led movies. For me, it’s not the female-led movies that create a sense of empowerment. Today, when I read a script, doesn’t the girl’s character just contribute to the hero’s journey or isn’t she someone who waits for the war hero to return home.” Rather, we think, why can’t a girl cross the border? So that shift in the way we approach stories, tell stories, has come about.

There are many other colleagues of mine who say: give us more to do,” the 36-year-old actor said here on Friday. She participated in a panel discussion on “The Role of Media and Entertainment in Empowering Women.” The conversation was part of a special segment called “Her Story, Her Voice” hosted by Netflix and the National Commission of Women. Huma said Alia Bhatt’s “Darlings”, a dark comedy, and the 2020 drama “Thappad”, headlined by Taapsee Pannu, are some of her recent favorite films that have broken the storytelling stereotypes. , director) sir directed a wonderful movie,” she said. The love and appreciation “Thapad”, also starring Pavail Gulati, Kumud Mishra, Dia Mirza and Ratna Pathak Shah, receiving from the public made her happy. “In a country where domestic violence is quite common to talk about and fight about, one ‘Thapad’ in itself and we know how conventional theater things run, like who’s watching this movie?

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This is a bundle idea and that’s how people talk. But the movie that comes and does well at the box office has given me a lot of courage,” she added. Citing the example of Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 movie “Django Unchained,” Huma said in the movie that Leonardo DiCaprio is a white man, who hates black people, but actors sometimes pick such shady characters to get a message across.”As an actor, sometimes you get to do something that’s problematic and it’s a personal choice. I offer a perspective. I was watching the making of ‘Django’ and he (Leonardo) said, ‘There was a point where I had to spit on my fellow actor, and I couldn’t do it because it was upsetting, humiliating another person based on his color and his race. “But it’s also generative racism that’s going on and what the movie is trying to address.” He chose to make the movie because an actor of his stature would create a conversation around it. So sometimes it can be used to his advantage.” The Delhi-born actor also spoke about the importance of having more female representation in the workplace to create a safe environment. “We need strong, powerful women. We try to have as many women on the crew as possible in my company, for a safer environment. That’s the fact… Many of us don’t talk about sexual harassment because we don’t want to be that girl If there are more women, they will be able to relate and take action,” she said.

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