Huma Qureshi acknowledges having self-doubts about playing a Maharani: “I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t given it any thought.”
Actress Huma Qureshi acknowledged having reservations before assuming the lead character of a mother in the SonyLIV series Maharani. In August, the historical drama’s second season went live online.
In the second season of the SonyLIV series Maharani, Huma Qureshi returned to the role of Rani Bharti. The actor portrays an ignorant housewife in the political drama who unexpectedly ascends to the position of chief minister of Bihar following an assassination attempt on her husband Bheema Bharti (Sohum Shah). Huma won numerous awards for her starring performance in the historical drama.
Huma admitted that she did had some reservations about the SonyLIV series and playing a mother of three, even though she had already made her web series debut with Netflix’s Leila in 2019. The actor said she was attracted by the part after she heard a narration over Zoom when she was offered the part at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When I read it, there were a lot of concerns,” Huma stated during an actor discussion on Bollywood Hungama. One of them is the most obvious one in the industry, i.e., the part of a woman with two to three children. You risk slotting yourself if you do it. Before you take on these kinds of positions, you may still have 10 more years. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t consider it or didn’t question myself.
But later, I felt it was a lovely writing, and I was really glad it took place during the pandemic because it forced you to consider why you were acting the way you were, she continued. Existence, acting, and virtually all the existential questions we constantly discuss or ask ourselves. Since I received this script at that moment, I am quite appreciative. I don’t know, maybe if I had received this script before the epidemic, I wouldn’t have started the project and would have become sidetracked. It was only possible because I had plenty of time to consider it carefully.
In Vasan Bala’s Monica, O My Darling, which is currently streaming on Netflix, Huma played the femme fatale. Alongside actor Ajit, she also starred in the Tamil film Valimai. In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, she also made a special appearance in the song Shikayat. She will play well-known home cook Tarla Dalal in the biography Tarla, which is the writer Piyush Gupta’s upcoming film.