The Leila actor is also looking forward to doing more international projects after her Hollywood debut.
Huma Qureshi will be seen playing a small but significant role in Ranjit M Tewari’s Bell Bottom. The much-talked spy thriller, set in the 1980s, chronicles the story of a forgotten hero who saved 210 hostages from a hijacked Indian plane. The script for the Akshay Kumar-starrer is penned by Aseem Arora and Parveez Shaikh.
Describing the film to be filled with ‘dramatic and edge-of-the-seat moments’ to the PTI, Qureshi said that she is glad to be a part of the film about some agents coming together to save the hostages. She further added that she plays a special undercover agent who ‘becomes crucial to the mission.’ Working at the airport, she helps the Indian agents get on to the plane for the rescue mission.
The Gangs of Wasseypur actress said that she had earlier collaborated with the producers, Puja Films and Akshay Kumar in Jolly LLB 2, so it was all the easier for her to sign the project with immense faith, knowing that they were in safe hands. And that it was also about supporting the producers and Akshay to make a film amidst the pandemic.
Qureshi, who has fronted women-centric web series like ‘Leila’ and ‘Maharani’ also noted that while the market is open for women-led stories, the number of movies helmed by women characters needs to increase. She added that she took to writing during the pandemic and wrote a story for herself. Her favourite playwright is Aaron Sorkin from Hollywood who is known for his screenwriting for The News Room.
After her Hollywood debut recently with Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, she is eager to work on more international projects. ''I plan to do some interesting work in the West,” said the 35-year-old actor, adding that she wants to collaborate with good filmmakers and studios.
Bell Bottom was initially set to release in April but it got postponed to July 27 due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. And now, finally, the movie will hit the big screen on August 19. The film is also the first starry Hindi film to have a theatrical release amidst the pandemic.