Bhumi Pednekar: It’s sad how people have just assumed that I’ve struggled a lot
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan actor Bhumi Pednekar says people mistake her to be similar to her onscreen characters; adds they don’t know her real side, off the camera.bollywood Updated: Sep 14, 2017 17:52 IST
She has done just three films, but Bhumi Pednekar is already among the most sought-after female actors in Bollywood. Basking in the success of two back-to-back releases —Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan — she is content with all the adulation coming her way, but feels that being part of content-driven films adds a lot of baggage to an actor’s career.
“In Bollywood, the sad notion is that if you do content-driven cinema, people think aap koi jhola latka ke jaane wali ladki ho (that you are a simple, serious girl). It’s unfortunate how people assume so much about your life based on the work you do. Somehow, they’ve assumed that I come from a family where I was made to struggle a lot,” says Bhumi, who debuted with Dum Laga Ke Haisha in 2015, and put on 27 kgs for the film.
Here’s the reality she wants you to know: “I’m an independent girl. I come from a family where we were given freedom. We were allowed to shine and got exposure to the world since we have travelled a lot. I’ve seen everything at a very young age... I am a strong opinionated person, who really belongs to this modern day and age.”
As for Bhumi’s de-glam image, thanks to her onscreen characters, the 28-year-old says that most people still don’t know her real side, off the camera. Calling herself a “hardcore typical Mumbai girl”, Bhumi adds, “I believe in the power of vanity. I literally take two hours to get ready, I love makeup! I’m a shopaholic and love brands. Maybe that’s why people often get surprised when they see me off screen because they have this set notion in their mind that I’m like my on-screen characters.”
Giving a peek into her personal life, the actor says she is someone who loves travelling, and makes time for her gang of girls. “I make sure I travel with my girlfriends at least twice a year because that’s the time I rejuvenate and disconnect from myself. I travel with my family very often,” says Bhumi.
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