Color-blind casting is the future: Huma Qureshi
Color-blind casting is the way forward in international cinema, says actor Huma Qureshi, who is making her Hollywood debut with Zack Snyder's upcoming zombie heist thriller Army of the Dead. "I absolutely believe color-blind casting is good for society and people because when young boys and girls see themselves represented onscreen in a positive way, it affects their lives positively," Huma said.
Huma plays a refugee single mother in the film
In Army of the Dead, Huma plays Geeta, a refugee single mother living outside of Las Vegas who decides to venture into the containment zone to earn enough to get her children out of the camp. The movie is fronted by Dave Bautista, who with a group of mercenaries decides to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted in a zombie outbreak zone.
My character Geeta is a survivor: Huma
Huma said she relied on Snyder's story for the most part of her character, who she believes is a survivor. Geeta is a refugee character and it's about how she gets trapped in the situation. "However, Geeta wants to survive. She is a survivor. She wants to come out and change the circumstances. And decides to take destiny in her hands," she added.
'Army of the Dead' will release on Netflix on Friday
The actor said she is looking forward to the film's release on Netflix on May 21. The movie was also released in select theatres in the US on May 14. "I can't wait to watch the film and show it to my parents, family, and friends. I'm very excited," Huma added. Army of the Dead also features Ella Purnell and Ana de la Reguera.
Huma has been part of other international projects as well
Snyder's film is not Huma's first international project as she has previously worked with reputed directors like Gurinder Chadha and Deepa Mehta in Viceroy's House and Leila, respectively. "There is a lot of interest globally in India; Indian stories, folklore, films, and talent. I am lucky to work with good directors like Gurinder Chadha, Deepa Mehta, and now Zack Synder," Huma said.