If you remember Humaima Malik’s scandalous yet forgettable Bollywood debut in 2014 alongside Emraan Hashmi in Raja Natwarlal, you should know that that wasn’t meant to be the actor’s first flick across the border.
Humaima had actually signed the then titled Sher starring Sanjay Dutt. However, the project came to an abrupt halt when Dutt was sent to prison for firearms offences for his role in the Mumbai bombings.
Now that Dutt has been released, the project has been revived and Humaima is back in the game.
Talking to Images, she shares, “I can’t reveal much about the story yet as I have a strict no-spoilers policy. What I can tell you though is that it’s a remake of Mother India. Most of the film is shot in Rajasthan; we shot for 45 days straight in Jaipur.”
“It’s a period film and it’s the first time I’m doing a period film. It’s also a challenging role but I’ve never shied away from doing demanding roles, I actually find it very exhilarating,” she adds.
Talking about the opportunity, the Dekh Magar Pyaar Se leading lady states, “It’s been an experience that I can’t really put into words. It was my first film in India and opposite such legends. I got to act alongside Vinod Khanna and I feel like I was blessed to have known him. I got a chance to experience the powerhouse that is Paresh Rawal, then, of course, Sanjay Dutt, he’s such a joy to be working with. And Seema Biswas also! God, I couldn’t have hand-picked a better onscreen mother.”
Sher has been produced by Ashtivinayak (of Rockstar fame) and Soham Shah and will see Humaima play Dutt’s wife who takes over his empire after his death.
As far as the movie’s release date is concerned, Malik teasingly says, “I will leave revealing the date to the producers but I’ll tell you that it will be really, really soon.”