Known for her ability to disappear into her characters, Huma Qureshi took Twitter by storm today as she posed as the iconic Tarla Dalal in the poster of her new film.
Dalal, a household name from the 90s, is India’s Martha Stewart who was an excelled food writer, chef, cookbook author, and cooking show host, specializing in Indian, mostly Gujarati cuisine.
Dalal is known to have written over 100 books on food and sold more than 10 million copies. A Padma Shri awardee, Qureshi is all set to play her in what is the late legend’s biopic. The film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, and Nitesh Tiwari and will be directed by Piyush Gupta. No sooner did the poster launch than Huma’s Twitter was filled with warm comments from peers and fans, all of who lauded her effort to look the part.
Talking about it, Huma says, “This is the role of a lifetime for me. Tarla Dalal is someone we’ve all grown up watching. Our mothers are fans of her simple and charming homestyle dishes. For me, coming from a Family that enjoys food (Qureshi’s family owns a thriving Restaurant business in Delhi and Dubai), the story is close to my heart. It is not just about food and how it touches the soul but a common woman’s ability to realize her big dreams. It is an inspirational tale that I hope will strike a chord with everyone in India. Usually, women are told all they are good for is cooking; here’s a lady who took that and turned it on its head.”
The film went on floors this week.