Huma Qureshi is an Indian actress and model. She has worked in theatre productions in Delhi and went on to act in television advertisements. She made her feature film debut in Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur.
Huma Qureshi was born into a Muslim family in Delhi. Her father is a restaurateur, and runs a chain of ten restaurants called Saleem's, all around Delhi. Her brother, Saqib Saleem is also a film actor, having appeared in Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge.
Huma Qureshi has a background of professional theatre from Delhi, and has worked with theatre directors like Aamir Raza Husain, Sohaila Kapur, Rahul Pulkeshi and NK Sharma of Act One Group. She later moved to Mumbai and started to appear in television advertisements. She has shot for almost 15 adverts for brands like Vita Marie, Saffola Oil, Mederma Cream, Samsung Guru, Pears Soap and Nerolac.
Qureshi's work in television gained her considerable notice, particularly the advertisements that featured her alongside popular actors Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan. While shooting for the advert with the latter, she recalls, noted Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap had told her that she would be acting in his next directorial. Kashyap, keeping his promise, signed her on for a supporting role in his crime thriller Gangs of Wasseypur.
Part of an ensemble cast, Qureshi essayed the role of Mohsina, a small town Muslim girl from the 90's. Gangs of Wasseypur was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, which was also attended by Qureshi, where the film received a standing ovation. Qureshi was to make her debut in Tamil cinema, playing the female lead in the gangster thriller Billa II opposite Ajith Kumar, with sources reporting that she was selected after 700 girls had been auditioned; however as the film got delayed, she opted out due to other prior commitments. In 2012, she was honored with a Special Mention by the Grand Jury at the 2012 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles for her performance as the titular character in the short film Sujata.
She was next seen in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, a romantic comedy, where she featured as a 'fun loving Punjabi girl'.