On her debut in 2015, Bhumi Pednekar took critics by surprise, and won awards, by playing an overweight bride who speaks up for her rights in the romantic comedy ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. Since then, Bhumi Pednekar has given a string of hits with meaningful cinema.
She has been seen in ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Shubh Mangal Savdhaan’, ‘Saand Ki Aankh’, ‘Bala’, ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ and ‘Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare’, and many more such critically acclaimed films. But is Bhumi comfortable with the ‘star tag?
In an interview with correspondent, the actress, who started out as an assistant to Shanoo Sharma, the casting director of Yash Raj Films, made the confession: “I am a little shy to call myself a star.”She insists she is an actor “who has received a lot of love”.
Bhumi said: “I think the definition of stardom has changed across different generations. But yes, I am grateful that my films are appreciated and people love me and I am going to continue doing whatever I do on and off screen.”
Hindi cinema is known for its bigger-than-life films, but
Bhumi has stood her ground on featuring only in ‘message-driven’ films and calls herself fortunate.”I have always been keen that my films should have a positive message along with entertainment, as that’s what cinema is primarily meant to do,” Bhumi said.
She added: “I feel that’s how films in the future would also be. If someone is spending two hours watching a film, or my piece of content, it must lead to some kind of a positive change in their mindset.”As a public figure, Bhumi is doing her bit for the world too.
In 2019, she launched the ‘Climate Warrior’ campaign to raise awareness on environmental protection and global warming.