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Bhumi Pednekar: My body went through two major transformations in two and a half years

Actor Bhumi Pednekar had put on 27kgs for her debut film in 2015, and then she went off the radar, as she was busy shedding those extra pounds and getting back in shape for her second film in 2017.

bollywood Updated: Nov 10, 2017 17:05 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
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Actor Bhumi Pednekar feels that Hollywood stars transform themselves for films. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Actor Bhumi Pednekar inspired millions with her weight loss journey. From 92 kgs at the time of her debut film to 56 kgs in two and a half years, Bhumi didn’t really give much of a reason to anyone to body-shame her.

The actor, who has been a part of three films — Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, feels that times have changed a lot now and viewers want to see well-written characters and not just outer beauty. “The audience expects acting more than just glamour in our films, and if they get acting and glamour both, it is literally sone pe suhaaga [an added advantage]. So for me, gaining weight for a film was no sort of a risk but it was a well thought out decision,” says Bhumi.

Comparing the situation with that in the West, the actor adds that the mindset of movie lovers is much more evolved there. “Look at the way things are in Hollywood — they really transform themselves for their on-screen characters but it doesn’t mean that they are not glamorous.”

As talk veered to her physical transformation and what all she went through during that phase, Bhumi says it was “very tough”. She adds, “Being a girl, I didn’t realise the kind of changes my body would go through. I was 92 kgs by the end of Dum Laga Ke Haisha and I am 56 kgs now, so I’ve lost about a bit. I gained 27kgs and then lost all of it, so for two and a half years, my body went through two major transformations.”

However, Bhumi is quick to share that she had the best support system to manage everything. “I lost weight in the right way. I didn’t keep short term goals that I’ll lose 30 kgs in six months. It doesn’t work like that. I’ve done everything naturally and in a holistic way, and maybe that’s why a lot of times people compliment me saying it does not look like I were ever big. I know how I’ve tried my level best to maintain myself as much as possible. All in all, it was tough but totally worth it,” she concludes.

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First Published: Nov 10, 2017 17:05 IST