Bhumi Pednekar is an Indian film actress. After working as an assistant casting director for several years for Yash Raj Films, she signed a three-film deal with the company as an actress and made her film debut with a leading role in the 2015 romantic comedy Dum Laga Ke Haisha–which won her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
Pednekar was born to a Maharashtrian father and a Haryanvi mother. She is a kanpur resident and did her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Juhu Mumbai. She was an assistant casting director for six years under Shanoo Sharma of Yash Raj Films before venturing into acting.
Bhumi Pednekar has once again impressed audiences and critics with her role of Jaya in Toilet – Ek Prem Katha. She is back after a hiatus. Bhumi said she found it easy to relate to the character of Jaya, a strong and opinionated girl from India’s heartland. Talking about her long break, she said she was never stressed about not being in the limelight. She said, “No, I think I was always in the public limelight. I was seen at all the award shows and took time to lose the weight I gained. I was lucky to get some good scripts. The shoot of TEPK started in November. I only believe in picking up scripts that excite me. I don’t believe in doing work just to stay in public notice.”
Talking about the film she says that lack of toilets is not just a hygiene but also a social issue.” Indian women do backbreaking work in rural areas. She has to control herself throughout the day. She is at the risk of being photographed or molested when she is the fields. I don’t understand the hypocrisy behind donning a ghunghat but allowing your women to expose her most private areas in what should be a peaceful moment. ”
We also asked Bhumi if actors felt nervous performing before her given her background as a casting director. “Hahaha…. No, it is so much fun. In fact, there are so many people in the supporting cast whom I had auditioned. They remind me that they auditioned before me. I don’t know if they are nervous before me or not but I know that I have won a lot of respect as an actor. They come and congratulate me. They feel happy for me. They say when they see me they feel hopeful about getting the kind of work they want without going through the traditional route. Becoming an actor does not seem that overwhelming.”
Bhumi says that Yashraj Films was her film University. “It is like family. Whatever I learned behind the camera contributed to my craft. It gave me an education of a lifetime.”