Bhumi Pednekar: “My weight gain did not alter anything in my life”


She might not have done an utterly glamorous part yet on screen, but the unconventional star Bhumi Pednekar reveals she is super glamorous in real life.

“Being an actress, I don’t repeat my clothes for events, but when I go out with my friends, I do repeat my outfits. Personally, if you ask me, I am a glam girl and I believe in the power of make-up and fashion. I take almost two hours to get ready,” Bhumi said, reports The Asian Age. She further added, “Having said that I don’t do it out of pressure, but I enjoy the process. I like to look stylish. At times I am even overdressed, but I don’t care.”

While Bhumi agrees to the fact that this industry is obsessed with stereotypes, she also considers herself fortunate enough to have joined the industry when it was going through a metamorphosis. “When I gained my weight for Dum Laga Ke Haisha, it did not change my perception about myself. My confidence was intact because whenever I used to look at myself, I saw an attractive girl. My weight gain did not alter anything in my life,” the 32-year-old said. “I was having a ball as I dressed the way I wanted. Yes, our industry is obsessed with our stereotypes, particularly for women. However, I also feel that we have seen a change in our cinema. I joined films while this shift was happening and I am glad about it,” she added.

She was launched by Yash Raj films with ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ (2015), and next she will be seen in ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.’

“Yash Raj has cushioned me in many ways. I think it’s the kind of security and the respect that people give you because you are a Yash Raj talent. They know they cannot mess with you, and if they do, there is an entire team that will take legal action. I feel very protected because I know somebody is backing me.” Ask her does she have enough screen space in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha which also features a star like Akshay Kumar she said, “When I heard the story, I knew the extent of my character. And I had no qualms about my involvement because the story is about this couple,” she concludes.

‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ revolves around the issue of open defecation, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan forming an integral part of the narrative. The movie releases 11th August.

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