Huma Qureshi recalls how she was rejected for roles because of her weight
At a time when body-shaming and bullying is the easiest way to target an individual, Huma Qureshi is all set for the release of her upcoming film based on self-love and body positivity — ‘Double XL’.
The actress shares that she has faced body-shaming and has even got rejected for a film because of her weight.
“This movie started as a fun conversation with my friends and family-we were all in my living room, and all the actors were complaining about the ‘post lockdown weight gain’ and Mudassar Aziz wrote a story around it,” said Huma.
The 36-year-old actress revealed that director Satram Ramani asked her to gain weight for ‘Double XL’: “We were just eating and eating. It was just burger lao, pizza lao between action and cut.”
Asked how responsible is Bollywood for setting a bench mark for beauty standards, Huma blames the society for making people believe that a “certain weight is acceptable.”
Talking to media, the actress, who made her acting debut in 2012 with ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’, shared that she had been rejected because of her weight in the past.
Huma said: “I got rejected due to weight and in a review of my film, someone wrote, ‘Huma adds too much weight to be a mainstream leading lady’.” She shared that she resonates with every woman who has been let down by their looks, size, or colour. The ‘Bell Bottom’ actress believes her movie ‘Double XL’ will change the mindset of society. ‘Double XL’ also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Zaheer Iqbal and Mahat Raghavendra. It is all set to release on November 4.
Huma Qureshi is an Indian actress and model who primarily appears in Hindi language films. She has also received three Filmfare Award nominations. Qureshi obtained a bachelor’s degree in History — with honours — from the University of Delhi, while she worked as a theatre actor and model. After working in several theatrical productions, she moved to Mumbai and signed a two-year contract with Hindustan Unilever to appear in television commercials. During the shoot for a Samsung mobile commercial, Anurag Kashyap noticed her acting ability and signed her for a three-film deal with his company.
Qureshi made her film debut with a supporting role in the two-part 2012 crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur. Her performance in the film earned her several nominations, including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and the Best Supporting Actress. That same year, she played the lead female role in the romance Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, and followed it with a role in Ek Thi Daayan.