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Actors aren’t running around trees anymore: Bhumi Pednekar

Actor Bhumi Pednekar is glad content-driven cinema is being accepted in India. She also adds that working with Akshay Kumar has been “fabulous”.

bollywood Updated: Nov 25, 2016 18:46 IST
Rukmini Chopra
Bhumi Pednekar says working with Akshay Kumar has “been a fabulous experience.”
Bhumi Pednekar says working with Akshay Kumar has “been a fabulous experience.”(HT Photo)

In an industry where toned bodies are usually preferred over curvy ones, Bhumi Pedneker’s role as Sandhya in her first movie, Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), was a refreshing change. Defying norms, the actor pulled off a realistic, well-rounded character with aplomb. Bhumi will soon be seen in an offbeat, romantic film, titled Toilet — Ek Prem Katha, alongside Akshay Kumar.

Speaking about the movie, Bhumi says that she was initially nervous when she learned she would be sharing the screen with Akshay. “Working with Akshay Kumar has been a fabulous experience. He has great energy on the sets. He is always so enthusiastic about everything,” she says.

Bhumi Pednekar started her career with Dum Laga Ke Haisha that also starred Ayushmann Khurrana. (HT Photo)

Bhumi is also happy that content-driven films are being made and are being accepted by the audience. “If you look at Dum Laga Ke Haisha, it was a purely content-based film. Things are changing; actors aren’t running around trees anymore. Character-driven films are being made as well.”

Bhumi Pednekar will next be seen with Akshay Kumar in Toilet - Ek Prem Katha. (HT Photo)

About two weeks ago, Akshay posted a picture on Instagram with Bhumi from the sets of their upcoming film. In it, the latter is seen sporting traditional wear, reminiscent of her look in her debut. “But the two characters can’t be compared, as they are very different,” the actor insists.

Watch Dard Karaara song from Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Ask her what her primary criteria for choosing a film is, and she says, “For me, the most important thing is the story and whether the character is appealing. It has to be a strong story.”