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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Bhumi Pednekar: Akshay sir breaks the notion of a superstar

Actor Bhumi Pednekar, who recently worked with Akshay Kumar in her second Bollywood film, says that Akki’s focus, professionalism and dedication towards his work are inspiring.

bollywood Updated: Jul 30, 2017 17:10 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Bhumi Pednekar plays the role of Jaya in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.
Bhumi Pednekar plays the role of Jaya in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.

Akshay Kumar never fails to impress his co-stars. The latest being actor Bhumi Pednekar, who has a host of good things to say about Akshay with whom she recently worked in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.

“Sir (Akshay) is so focused and professional. He completely dedicates himself during the filming process. He is a great example to have for newcomers like us. On set, he is filled with excitement and is so well-behaved. He believes in spreading happiness,” says Bhumi, who made her debut with actor Ayushmann Khurrana in Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015).

Showering more praise on him, Bhumi adds, “When you are growing up, you have a notion of what a superstar will be like. Akshay sir is absolutely different from that. When you see Akshay sir, it all comes crashing down. He is so down-to-earth and is always punctual on set. Professionally, I wish I could adopt those habits from him.”

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Speaking about their film, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which highlights the problem of open defecation in rural India, Bhumi says she wasn’t even aware that Akshay was part of the film, when she signed it. “I said yes to the film because of the script. I didn’t know about Akshay sir being a part of it then. It is one of those rare films that is an out-and-out romance. It’s a very credible film with a social message, so I knew I am not letting it go,” says a proud Bhumi.

Asked if she thinks that the film will actually turn the spotlight on to the problem of open defecation, she adds. “It will be an eye-opener. As responsible citizens we must all work towards making a better society. We can’t have the ostrich mentality and look away from issues and think things are fine. We all need to work towards it,” she says.

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First Published: Jul 30, 2017 17:10 IST