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Huma Qureshi would love to play Jolly if somebody makes Jolly LLB 3

In an interview to Cinestaan.com, the actress said she would bring a twist in Jolly's character if given a chance. 

Keyur Seta

After being appreciated in Shriram Raghvan’s Badlapur (2015), Huma Qureshi has only been seen in X – Past Is Present (2016), where she starred in one of the short films. Her first film after 2015 is Jolly LLB 2, which is up for release on 10 February. In an interview with Cinestaan.com, the actress got candid about not signing many films after Badlapur, her character in Jolly LLB 2 and her first international film, The Viceroy’s House (2017). 

What character are you playing in Jolly LLB 2?
I play Jolly’s dominating wife. I am not as dominating as Akshay sir must have told you. But he likes to be dominated in the film. They share a sweet relationship. She tells him, ‘I can give you gaalis and say anything. But I can’t tolerate anyone else doing this to you.’ And she likes to have a little drink. He is playing a character who cooks for me, earns money and is also ready to get scolded by me. I told him that he has done a very smart thing. All women are going to love you and all men would want to be like you and would hate me. They would think I don’t do anything all day. 

How different is Akshay Kumar’s character in the film from Arshad Warsi, who played Jolly in the first film? He starred opposite you in Dedh Ishqiya (2014). 
My personal opinion is that they are very different Jollys. One was from Delhi and this one is from Lucknow. The cases are different. And the way both played Jolly is also different. Arshad is a very dear friend. I loved the first Jolly. I think he was amazing. You can’t have a comparison. This is almost like a separate film.

In the first film, Amrita Rao didn’t have much to do. How important is your character in the second one?
Pushpa is not directly involved in the case. But she is a very strong instrument of change in Jolly’s life. Like I said, they have this strong relationship. There is a time when she takes over when he is floundering. In that sense she is important. And I got to do my bit of little bit of action too. 

Jolly LLB 2 looks more commercial than the first film.
Well, it is a commercial film. It’s a very commercial and mainstream film. It’s got singing and dancing. It’s got the masala. But it has also got a lot of soul. Actually, I don’t understand what is mainstream or offbeat. I think a film is a film. I feel it’s a complete film. This is a film I would like to see with my family with popcorn because it has got a good message, makes you feel good and has patriotism. It’s like a wholesome film. It’s like the thali that we eat. It has food items of different taste. 

What would you like to see in the third Jolly LLB film if it is made?
I told them to make it with a girl. I want to play Jolly in it (laughs). Why can’t a girl be Jolly? 

How would you play Jolly if given a chance?
I would be the most corrupt Jolly who would have a change of heart. In the end, she will become the nice Jolly and save the world. 

Can you recall any pranks during the shoot?
You should be careful of your phones. Akshay might take your phone and message random people. He took my phone and messaged 2-3 male actors saying, ‘I want to marry you. I love you.’ So, I had to call them to tell what exactly happened. But he is very sweet and everyone on the sets loves him. As an actor he is amazing. There is so much to learn from him. Like his sense of discipline. Every day by five o’clock we would be done with the shoot. As an actress you feel so amazing because you can go back and workout. You spend time with your family because he also wants to do that. He doesn’t work on Sundays. And he does four films a year. My mother met him and she thinks he is the nicest person. 

You are also starring in Gurinder Chadha’s international film, The Viceroy’s House. Tell us something about that film.
It’s a film based in the last few months when India got Independence and was partitioned. The last viceroy has come to India along with all big leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. They discuss how India is to be partitioned and how the first government is to be formed. In that house, there is a love story between a Hindu servant and a Muslim translator while the country is burning. This is what the film is about. I was very excited because Gurinder is Punjabi, but she is a British citizen and is making a film on the Partition. I was like, how does this math add up? So, I was interested in knowing what point of view she would have. You can’t make a jingoistic film. To give her credit, she has given a very balanced film. It’s a film I am very proud of. 

What took you so long to sign a film after Badlapur?
I will be very honest with you. Firstly, after Badlapur I got a lot of offers similar to what I did in that film, which I didn’t want to do. Unfortunately, we live in a world which is so myopic that you are only offered what you have already done. I didn’t want to play a character again which was glamorous, brash and like a sex worker. This was also a big reason why I wasn’t promoting Badlapur out and out. I thought people would ask how many so-called ‘such scenes’ do I have with Varun. I think it’s a disrespectful way to talk not to a woman, but an actor. 

When I do a role I don’t do it because I would get to wear a mini skirt and show my stomach. I am doing it because I am an actor. I took my time because I am not in any hurry. I want to do something different and interesting. I have many other hobbies in life to keep myself busy.