MUMBAI – A new country, a new industry and new people. It’s the start of a new career for Pakistani actress Humaima Malik. The actress, who is a superstar in her own country, is now counting days to the release of her first Bollywood film Raja Natwarlal. It seems to be going good for the actress as we hear she has become much sought-after among our desi filmmakers too.
The actress says, “I have a three-film contract with Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The first film is yet to begin but I have already been signed up. I guess he is caught up with P.K. now.” There was a buzz that UTV had gone back on their word of signing her for three films. Humaima denies that. “That’s not true,” she says. “I’ve heard this before but honestly it’s all humbug. I have no issues with UTV or Emraan Hashmi. I was signed by UTV for only one film,” she adds.
With so much work in hand, would she consider moving to India for good? “I think I have already moved to India for good,” she says with a laugh. “There was a time when I used to juggle between London, Dubai and Pakistan. Now, India has become second home,” she adds. Considering Pakistani actresses like Meera and Veena Malik haven’t been successful in Bollywood, does Humaima fear rejection? “As far as I know, the last Pakistani actress who made a successful debut in Bollywood was Zeba Bhaktiyar.
I don’t know of any other Pakistani actress in Hindi cinema. I’d like to follow in Zeba’s footsteps. I’m clueless about so-called Pakistani actresses in Hindi films,” says Humaima.