Huma Saleem Qureshi (born 28 July 1986) is an Indian film actress and model, who has received three Filmfare Award nominations.
Qureshi obtained a bachelor’s degree in History Honours from the University of Delhi, 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 crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). 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. She portrayed protagonists in the anthological Shorts (2013), the black comedy Dedh Ishqiya (2014), the revenge drama Badlapur (2015), and the Marathi road drama Highway (2015), and featured briefly in the collaborative film X: Past Is Present (2015).
Qureshi was initially scheduled to make her film debut with the Billa II, a Tamil gangster-thriller, directed and produced by Chakri Toleti, after surviving an audition out of 700 candidates. Although cast as the female lead, when the film was delayed, Qureshi left the project to honour other work commitments.
As of January 2016, Qureshi has various projects at different stage of productions. She has finished filming for Zahhak, a remake of the Hollywood film Oculus, which will be directed by Prawaal Raman, and she will play the leading role along with her brother Saqib Saleem.
She will make her Malayalam debut with Uday Ananthan’s White opposite Mammootty,and English debut with Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House, which will be based on Lord Mountbatten’s few last days of stay in India before the country got its independence, and she will portray the role of Fatima Jinnah.
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