IN Entertainment (India) Limited (INE), the Company backing Ajith starrer BILLA 2 along with Wide AngleCreations, the Production House led by Suresh Balaje and George Pius has confirmed Huma Qureshi as the LeadActress essaying the role of Billa’s love interest in the Film.
Huma is a young theatre actor from Delhi now living in Mumbai. She was first noticed for her TV Commercials withAamir Khan (Samsung Guru Mobile) and Shah Rukh Khan (Nerolac Paints). She has also done campaigns forother leading brands like Idea, Pears Soap, Maderma, Bajaj Discover Motorbike, Parle Monaco and LG WashingMachine. Huma has also worked with several theatre directors like Aamir Raza Husain, Sohaila Kapur, RahulPulkeshi and NK Sharma of Act One Group. She has been awarded the most promising theatre talent by IndianHabitat Centre. She is debuting in Hindi films with Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, which is currently underproduction.
Sunir Kheterpal, CEO – IN Entertainment, says, “Having spent almost two months looking at options for the LeadActress for the Film along with the Director and Wide Angle Films, we have formalized Huma Qureshi as the LeadActress for the Film. The lead girl in BILLA 2 has a strong, pivotal role. We are extremely confident that Huma hasthe requisite talent, temperament and the screen presence to carry the same with élan.
”Confirming her association with the Film, Huma Qureshi comments, “I am delighted to be a part of the legendary BILLA Franchise and feel fortunate to debut in the Tamil film industry and get to play a character like this so early inmy career. I was bowled over by the role narrated to me for BILLA 2 and cannot wait to start work on the Film.”
Chakri Toleti, the Director adds, “"The part of our leading girl is a highly demanding role and it was a challenge tofind an actress with just the right mix of talent, looks and attitude. We searched the industry nationwide, looking atnewcomers as well as established stars. Huma is a tremendous actor with tremendous range and charisma and weare happy to have her on board.”
This completes principal casting for BILLA 2. Amongst key crew members, Yuvan Shankar Raja is confirmed asthe Music Director and Hemant Chaturvedi (who has earlier worked on Company, Maqbool and Kurbaan) as theDirector of Photography. Other members of cast & crew shall be announced towards the end of April 2011. TheFilm isbeing readied to start principal photography in the second fortnight of May 2011.
Billa was earlier made into Tamil with Superstar Rajnikanth as the remake of Amitabh Bachchan starrer, Don. TheFilm was remade in 2007 again into Tamil withAjithplaying the role essayed by Rajnikanth. However, unlike theHindi remake with Shah Rukh Khan, where ending of the Film was changed to keep the lead protagonist alive, Billamaintained the same story as the original film. BILLA 2 is therefore not a sequel but is being designed as a Prequelto Billa, wherein the Film will focus on the journey of how David became Billa.