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Huma Qureshi: International filmmakers are now finally waking up to talent in India

By HT

Joining the league of actors Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, who are changing the game in the West, Huma Qureshi, too, has made her international debut with the film Viceroy’s House that was released in India — as Partition 1947— last month.
 
Though the film did average business at the box-office, ask Huma if venturing into West has become a natural progression for most actors, and she says she thinks otherwise. “Aisa kuch nahi hai,” says the actor, adding, “I just feel that at this point, [the] world and people outside are really waking up to India, and talent in this country. There are so many collaborative projects happening [the] world over. Everywhere, producers are worried that films are not working and audiences are not coming to the theatres. So, somewhere, this is one way to attract more people to come and watch a film on the big screen.”
 
Huma feels that having an Indian actor in an international movie is an added advantage that filmmakers are happily cashing in on. “They also have a country of a billion plus people, and from that lot, there is a huge chunk of Indians, too. So, having an Indian face creates interest in watching that film and fans get to cheer for one of their own,” adds the actor.
 
Huma also points out that there has been a shift in the context of filmmaking and storytelling, lately. “Today, the focus is to tell local stories in a global context. You can make a film about a housewife in Mumbai [The Lunchbox] or a gang war in Bihar [Gangs of Wasseypur] and you’d have somebody sitting at Cannes, as interested in the film as someone sitting in Delhi or any other part of India,” she says.
 
“I think filmmakers are now realising that they have to tell stories for a larger audience and they can be stories from around us only. We don’t have to try and tell a western story to western audiences. We can narrate our own story and they [international filmmakers] will come to us. And I have seen that international filmmakers are very interested in Indian films and are mesmerised by our talent.”