Bhumi Pednekar: Can’t do a film where the hero is smacking a girl and the nation is celebrating

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 15, 2019, 02.14 PM(IST)

File photo of Bhumi Pednekar Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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In a recent interview, Bhumi called herself the “queen of heartland cinema” who is here to take more of such off-beat and unconventional roles.

From playing a 65-year-old in ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ to an overweight girl in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, actress Bhumi Pednekar has been breaking the glass ceiling ever since she stepped into the Hindi film industry or so she believes with her work. 

In a recent interview, Bhumi called herself the “queen of heartland cinema” who is here to take more of such off-beat and unconventional roles. She said, “Every character that I play is only getting more challenging and making me a better actor. Every time I think about what’s next, some amazing writers and directors come with path-breaking parts for me. It’s only the start and I keep telling people that Saand Ki Aankh and Bala are only my fifth and sixth films (respectively). My journey has been very short and beautiful, and I have a long way to go.”

She added, “Be it playing a fat person or an aged person. I don’t think it has anything to do with the way you look on screen, but how honestly you are telling the story.”

She went on to explain that she has no reservations about item numbers and said, “I love dancing and I’m not against item songs. I don’t have a problem with women wearing bikinis on the screen. In fact, I’ll be wearing one on screen someday. But when women are made into objects of glamour, that is something I don’t want to do. Today, a hero or a heroine is a person that inspires anyone to be or do better. I don’t think it has anything to do with the way you look.”

But she does have her hiccups with certain roles and added, “I’m not comfortable doing a film where the hero is smacking a girl’s bu** and the nation is celebrating it. I can’t be a part of a film that is anti-feminist or women bashing, or something that is out of my moral comfort.”

Bhumi also wants her work to bring a change, in addition, to entertain the audience and said, “If the audience takes back something good after stepping out of the theatre, I will be happy.”