Inspired by Anushka Sharma, brother-sister duo of actors Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem is gearing up to launch a production house.
Actor Huma Qureshi, who has received critical acclaim for her performances in films such as the Gangs of Wasseypur franchise and Badlapur (2015), is now planning to launch a production house of her own, along with her brother, actor Saqib Saleem.
Huma says that she was inspired by Bollywood star Anushka Sharma, who was recently praised by senior actor Shabana Azmi for starting a production house, despite being a mainstream actor.
“I think what Anushka and Karnesh [Anushka’s brother] are doing, is remarkable. They have paved the way for many who want to get into it [production]. They come from a strong family, and they have produced some really good films [NH10 and Phillauri], with good content,” says Huma, who was last seen in the film Dobara.
Huma, 30, feels that the film industry’s current work environment provides more opportunities for women to explore different possibilities. “I am not sure if production has become easier, and whether that’s why people are getting into it. But I think a lot of women have started becoming producers, and it’s a healthy trend. Lots of women are getting behind the camera, and the perception that female actors have a shelf life, is now going out of the window. It’s a better work environment now,” she says.
The actor, who made her debut with the 2012 film Gangs of Wasseypur, also believes that producing films help actors expand their horizons and think beyond just acting.
“As actors, you are dependent on being hired by someone. It’s almost like that we are manual labour working for daily wages (laughs). So when you are producing, you don’t have to do that. Saqib and I, are planning to take up production, though we haven’t started anything as yet. Whenever we decide to launch our production house, it will be more massy. It will be situational comedies,” adds Huma.