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

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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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