That’s correctly what Badlapur actress Huma Qureshi did when she decided to play the role of a prostitute named Jhimli in the upcoming Varun Dhawan-Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer but refused to be the showstopper at India’s first-ever condom fashion show held last week (just days before the release of the film).
It is whispered that Huma had been approached by a youth club but refused to be part of the show that promoted the use of condoms amongst youngsters. Her managers left the organizers hanging for several days but didn’t confirm her participation. Finally it turned out that Huma was wary of the repercussions of her being a condom fashion showstopper! She feared backlash from certain old-fashioned sections of society. The organizers were ready to pay her more money and even offered to give her a Neeta Lulla Design Institute haute couture creation devoid of any condoms! But Huma refused to play ball.
It seems the organizers’ first choice was Lisa Haydon but the leggy actress (though interested) was travelling and informed that she would reach Mumbai very late on the day of the fashion show. The organizers also approached Akshara Hasan of Shamitabh fame. Though Akshara’s image managers were keen, she was ruled out because she was busy travelling to promote her movie in other cities. The organizers then approached Sonali Raut of Bigg Boss fame but later realized that she had done a sensational bare-dare act for a rival condom brand with actor Ranveer Singh.
But Sonali decided to play the part and was rather keen to be a showstopper on the eve of the grand finale of Bigg Boss where Karishma Tanna was ruling the roost. Finally, Mugdha Godse of Fashion fame stepped in and did the honors.