Huma loves Kashmir and longs for peace

Indian actor Huma Qureshi is not happy over the media portrayal of the “beautiful Kashmir valley with beautiful people”.

“News channels are not painting a true image of the picturesque valley… they tell very little about it,” Huma, who hails from Kashmir, told BBC Urdu on Monday.

The Gangs of Wasseypur star is also distressed over the incessant violence in the disputed Himalayan region, and cries for a way out.
“Whatever is happening [in Kashmir] is wrong and we all should find a solution together,” she said.

For decades, Kashmiri groups have fought the roughly 500,000 Indian troops deployed in the region, demanding independence from India or merger with Pakistan.

The restive region suffered a rise in violence last year after the killing in July of a popular rebel leader in a gun battle with Indian troops.

While Huma’s mother belongs to Kashmir, she was raised in Delhi. However, she visits the place every year.

Huma’s younger brother Saqib Saleem, a movie star too, also laments the deteriorating way of life in Kashmir.

Eager for a solution to the violence, Saleem says, “Life in Kashmir sort of comes to a halt by 8 in the evening. People get up next morning with a curfew. This means there’s a problem that needs to be solved.”

This brother-sister duo will be seen together on silver screen for the first time in the forthcoming film, Dobara.