Here’s why Huma Qureshi was asked to change her name at the start of her career…Read on!


Bollywood actress and diva Huma Qureshi has been in the industry since the past five years now. She got recognition with the film Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), after which she did films like D-Day (2013) and Jolly LLB 2 (2017). She’s now a well known name in the industry and outside, but there was a time when he had to struggle to make her name.

Recalling all the advises she got back then, she said, “I was asked to change my name, as there’s a Pakistani actor with the same name and [I was told] that I wouldn’t want that association, [more so] since I wanted to be the leading lady. I was like, ‘I am not going to do that. I will always be Huma Qureshi and people will have to deal with that.’”

She’ll next be seen with superstar Rajinikanth for which they’ve been shooting in Mumbai lately.

Talking about her struggle to get into films, she said, “I started getting a lot of work once I came to Mumbai. I was working with some of the biggest ad filmmakers. But I had to give auditions,” she says. “There would be days when I’d pack a dabba in the morning and head out. I remember this Gujarati aunty would pack my tiffin because I wanted to eat ghar ka khana. Casting agents would send us messages like, ‘Today’s look Indian or Western.’ And then, we’d pack a big bag with all our changing options and go to places that we hadn’t even heard of. Then we’d go and change in some dingy casting agent’s studio and give the audition. Sometimes we were rejected — you have to take all sorts of comments from people. It was hard, new, and challenging.”