Actress Huma Qureshi feels it’s important to tell stories that celebrate diversity—ones that help keep hate politics, racism and polarization in check.
Those are themes running through her latest film, Viceroy’s House, which chronicles the period leading up to India’s 1947 independence from Britain, and the chaotic and bloody partition of India into modern day Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India.
Qureshi’s role is that of Aalia, a Muslim interpreter who falls for the Hindu servant of their mutual employer, Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India. Her character faces an ultimatum: to return to her family in Pakistan or to remain in India with the man she loves.
There are also parallels to be drawn to Qureshi’s sense of style, which are often influenced by the character of whatever movie she happens to be filming.
Currently, she skews bohemian, favoring the elegance and comfort of fabrics traditional to Indian garb, like cotton, linen and hand-woven khadi, along with vivid statement pieces and sneakers. Here are 10 more things that fill her life with pleasure.
This piece is part of a special edition series, THE FUNdamentals, created in collaboration with J. Crew.
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