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How Bhumi Pednekar Pushed The Bar With Her Movie Choices & Established Herself As An Honest Actor

As she turns a year older, we give you a lowdown on roles that helped her cement her position in Bollywood.

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YOU don’t get an actor who can act with honesty like Bhumi Pednekar too often. The Badhaai Do actor is truly metamorphic and shows no qualms in taking on roles as various as Chandro Tomar in Saand Ki Ankh, Sandhya in Dum Laga Ke Haisha, and Jaya in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. As she turns a year older, we tell you how the actor can shapelift with ease, play different and thought-provoking characters with perfection, and win over viewers with her acting prowess.

Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Directed by Sharat Katariya, the film featured Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar as protagonists and explored marriage and its complications in a compelling way. Such was Bhumi’s performance that she won her first Filmfare Award for Best Debut Female. Bhumi was unforgettable while essaying the role of Sandhya, who doesn’t fit into the society’s unrealistic beauty standards.

Saand Ki Aankh

Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, biographical movie Saand Ki Aankh featured Bhumi and Taapsee Pannu as sharpshooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar. Even though there was enough controversy about the young actors playing 60+ women, both were brilliant. Bhumi gave her respective role Chandro Tomar her best shot. Her performance can’t be for lack of effort.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

After doing full justice to her character Sandhya –an overweight woman who is never burdened by her size – she meets the challenge of playing the feisty Jaya by owning every sequence she has been featured in. She wasn’t dolled up with the sole motive to be pushed to the background. She is feisty, strong, and possesses every trait a modern girl needs to survive in today’s world. Her shock at realizing she’d have to defecate in open, her angst in being spotted by her father-in-law while attending to nature’s call, and her determination not to disembark the train even as her husband insists – every aspect of her character struck a chord with the viewers. Her character remained etched in the viewers’ minds and that was Bhumi’s triumph.

Badhaai Do

With this film, Bhumi drew everyone’s attention to the challenges that people who belong to LGBTQIA+ community face. Directed by Harshvardhan Kulkarni, the film also featured Rajkummar Rao. The movie put forth the idea of lavender marriage, or a marriage of convenience. Bhumi played her part with ease and comfort.

Sonchiriya

Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the movie featured Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ashutosh Rana and Ranvir Shorey. Bhumi won hearts with her power-packed performance as a woman who is on the run. Her feisty performance helped her win several accolades and critical acclaim.

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

The film offered a story of a young Delhi guy Mudit (Ayushmann) and his girlfriend Sugandha (Bhumi) who discover his erectile dysfunction just before their marriage. Bhumi was consistent in her role, and the movie received positive responses from the viewer and the critics alike.

Bala

At a time when actors want to look glamorous, Bhumi showed no qualms in playing a dark-skinned girl who was not embarrassed by herself despite being surrounded by people who were preoccupied with skin colour. The film Bala is a sarcastic black comedy. Balmukund Shukla, a young guy from Kanpur who suffers from male pattern baldness, is the protagonist of the novel.

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