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Give me a role like Tumhari Sulu, I’d be more than willing to accept: Bhumika Chawla

In an exclusive chat with Hindustan Times, Bhumika Chawla opens up about her role in Nani starrer MCA and what made her sign the Telugu film.

regional movies Updated: Dec 23, 2017 16:14 IST
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Bhumika Chawla,MCA,Bhumika Chawla MCA
Bhumika Chawla played Nani’s sister-in-law in MCA.

Bhumika Chawla, last seen in 2013 Telugu film Laddu Babu, plays Nani’s sister-in-law in this week’s latest outing MCA – Middle Class Abbayi, which has had a phenomenal opening at the box-office. Her role in the film has been received very well with critics praising her restrained performance.

In an exclusive chat with Hindustan Times, she opened up about her role in the film and what made her sign the project. “When the role was brought to me, I saw it as an opportunity to do something I haven’t done earlier. Through my character as RTO officer, I learnt about the perils of the job which is something I would have never known. I also liked the impact my character has on Nani in the film. All these factors put together was good enough for me to pick up the role,” Bhumika said, adding she had no qualms playing a sister-in-law.

In Neeraj Pandey’s MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Bhumika played Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister.


“Why should I be? It’s not like I’m trying to hide age. I don’t mind playing roles my age. However, I don’t want to keep playing sister-in-law. On the other hand, I don’t mind playing someone who is 35 or 40 but it should be a role of substance and I should have something to contribute to the film.”

In Neeraj Pandey’s MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Bhumika played Sushant’s sister. Having started taking up character roles, is she willing to experiment and go against the grain? “I’m not sure. I’ll take each role as it comes. Telugu industry is good but I feel a lot of evolvement is yet to happen,” she said. Quoting the example of Vidya Balan’s Tumhari Sulu, Bhumika explained, “I was so moved by this film. Vidya was par excellence as Sulu, and she played a character that was plump, mostly seen wearing sarees and she was a mother of a young boy. You give me such roles; I’d be more than willing to accept.”

On the experience of working in MCA, she said: “It’s been really nice for me to come back to the industry where I started my career. I’m really thankful to god that I’m getting films and the kind of roles I would want to take up. Producer Dil Raju was very nice. Working on MCA has been one of the best experiences on a film set I have had in the last few years.” Talking about her co-actors, she said, “Nani is a wonderful person to work with. He’s humble, down-to each and a very good actor. Sai Pallavi is a livewire. After working with her for first two days, I told her she reminds me of Kajol. The whole team was so much fun to work with.”

Bhumika’s upcoming projects include Naga Chaitanya and R Madhavan starrer Savyasachi, in which she plays a cameo. She also has Nayanthara’s Kolayuthir Kaalam and her long-delayed Tamil film Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal gearing up for release.

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First Published: Dec 23, 2017 16:02 IST