Indian actress Huma Qureshi claims that her new political web series ‘Maharani’ – in which she plays a woman who reluctantly becomes the leader of an Indian state after her husband is shot by the prime minister – is not based on the actual figure and former Bihar chief not. Minister Rabri Devi. According to political folklore, Devi was installed by her husband, Laloo Prasad Yadav, as his successor after becoming embroiled in the infamous ‘feed scam’, so that he could allegedly be retained as a figurehead by her. ” Maharani ‘is not based on someone who is alive or dead. It is a completely fictional character set in a fictional period in Bihar. Of course, I can understand why many people may find commonalities because we are both prime ministers of a particular state. But it really is not based on anyone, ”Qureshi said during a Zoom call with Gulf News. In the trailer for ‘Maharani’, which premieres on the streaming platform SonyLiv in the UAE on May 28, Qureshi can strongly remind you of Rabri Devi, the sari-clad political leader who famously transplanted from the kitchen to the corridors of power is, but the actress brushes it off as a mere coincidence. ‘This is an aging story about Rani Bharti, a woman who lives in her town, never walked out of it or sat in a plane or went to Patna … She takes care of her cows and is involved in her household, it’s her world. But suddenly she is thrown into the whole new political climate and she has to move through. “Sinking or swimming is the real big question,” said Qureshi. It’s also a series that tries to crush patriarchy, says the actress. By the way, Qureshi says that she is apolitical in her personal life and believes that art can be political, but artists do not have to be political. [‘I have no understanding of politics’]. ‘The interesting thing about her is that she’s not stupid. She’s smart and a little relentless – she says what’s on her mind, and it’s a little like who I am. “It was a privilege to play a character like her,” Qureshi said. By playing this role, she has given the wisdom not to write off individuals based on their appearance or their education. Coming from a rural setting does not make you a characteristic dull country tree. ‘We always look at people who are not trained with a certain lens and feel that they are dumb because they cannot speak English. But playing Rani Bharti made me understand that there is a lot of indigenous wisdom in those who come from that background. Our grandmothers may not have entered the world, but they run households and have such wonderful organizational skills. “They are almost like the largest unpaid labor force in our country and we never acknowledge that … Rani Bharti is in such a situation before pursuing politics,” Qureshi said. The actress claims that she built her latest character, like how she would try to build blocks. The blocks were put together with time, patience and empathy.
‘I had to break it down to understand who she is, how she dresses and the choices she makes. For example, I did not know that married women in Bihar wore five things that indicate their married status as sindoor [vermilion], mangalsutra [black-bead chain bestowed by the husband on their wedding day] of Night [nose ring] “I learned that she’s a dedicated woman who thinks her husband is the most important person in her life … I’m a girl from the city, so it’s nice to have in her mind, ‘she said. Qureshi said. The year has also proved to be a colorful year for Qureshi. For the first time in her career, the homemade actress made her splash Hollywood with award-winning director Zack Snyder’s zombie film ‘Army of the Dead’. “It was quite a journey and an experience to work with Zack Snyder. He is one of the most successful directors in the world. He’s on every list of any actor, but it was a pleasure to know him as a person. ‘I walked on his set as his fan-girl, but I came back as his friend. It was a wonderful and personal experience to work with Zach and his cast. They were super phenomenal. I like the reactions of Indians who are so excited to see me, ”said Qureshi, who plays Gita in the zombie apocalypse thriller. “Streaming platforms have proven that actors are no longer trusted to a specific place or area. Now we are part of agnostic programs and movies. They are changing the landscape completely today. “I might be watching ‘Narcos’ or’ Money Heist ‘- programs that are not in my native language – and eagerly awaiting their new season,’ she said. ‘As actors we have the ability to work for an indie [independent] project in India or working on a show for SonyLiv or going to the West for a Hollywood movie. The world is now our oyster. ‘
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‘Maharani’ will stream on SonyLiv on 28 May.
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” Maharani ‘does not want to be a controversial show. There is no explicit scene, there is no gaali galoch [unsavoury language] … There’s nothing in this program that can bind anyone in a twist. We are not trying to make a statement or a point here. This show is a journey of a woman against patriarchy, and it is her journey among men and she learns to walk among these giants and chart her own path. “I do not think anyone should have a problem with that … At least last time I checked it,” Qureshi said when asked if her web series was likely to offend controversy or some viewers. In the recent past, series like ‘Tandav’, ‘Sacred Games’ and more recently ‘The Family Man Season 2’ have had problems with calls to ban it as it was considered offensive to certain communities.