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‘I am a hungry actor and I want to try out every role’

‘I am a hungry actor and I want to try out every role’

Lead actress of commercial hits like ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, and ‘Shubh Mangal Savdhan’, Bhumi Pednekar conducted a masterclass on breaking stereotypes in Indian Cinema at IFFI 2017. Bhumi speaks to NT BUZZ about overcoming different challenges as an actor Lead actress of commercial hits like ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, and ‘Shubh Mangal Savdhan’, Bhumi Pednekar conducted a masterclass on breaking stereotypes in Indian Cinema at IFFI 2017. Bhumi speaks to NT BUZZ about overcoming different challenges as an actor
SACHI NAIK | NT BUZZ
Q. Have you been to IFFI before?No, I’m here for the very first time. The experience is phenomenal and it is such a privilege. I gave a masterclass here, despite the fact that I’m only three films old. It truly gives me a lot of pride. Conducting a masterclass on breaking stereotypes in Indian cinema is a mark of respect, and I can’t thank the IFFI team enough for this honour. Q. Which, in your opinion, is the most common stereotype in Indian cinema that is yet to be broken?In my opinion, a common stereotype is the idea that women are weaker than men. There are a number of films made on this issue. However, this stereotype is not broken yet. The day when we will not even feel the need to make a film on this issue, and present all women as strong glorious beings, it will be evident that it is broken.
Q. Despite the constant warnings about essaying the role of overweight Sandhya Varma in the movie ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, you took it up. What made you do this and gain 27 kilograms?My passion of being an actor made me take up this risk. It is human tendency that when you are told not to do something, you tend to do it on purpose. I think that is what happened with me. Also, honestly, I was being a heroine for a Yash Raj film, and I don’t think any girl in her correct mind would have rejected this treat.
Q. This suggests that you always dreamt of becoming an actor…Always! Since I was a child, all that I wanted to do was become an actor. I remember when I was just twelve, I told my mom that I love acting; and this dream has come true today.
Q. Was it a struggle to get back to your normal weight after the film, ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’?Of course, it was a huge struggle to shed all those extra kilos. It took me two years to get back to my normal weight. I don’t have an ideal body shape; I don’t have a fitness goal towards having a particular type of body. In fact, I just go as my filmy characters require me to be. However, getting fit was tough. Moreover, it’s a fact that it is more difficult for girls than it is for boys. Q. Your movie, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, highlights the sanitary issues faced by rural Indian women. Do you feel the movie had an impact in the real world?It did. When the movie was being made, 54 per cent of our country didn’t have access to toilets. After the release of the film and with all the amazing work that the government has done, it has come down around 30 per cent. Through the newspaper you will learn that a wife has left her husband because she had no access to a toilet. This shows what impact this film has in reality!
Q. You rejected over 20 movies before ‘Toilet’ came your way. Were you not afraid that being choosy would affect your career?I was scared actually, but I’d rather do a film and have respect for myself than lose it. I feel that no one would like to be in a film where they have nothing to do. I rejected the scripts that hardly had any role for an actress. It’s unfortunate that most of the films that are made are films where the actress has nothing do. If some sort of equality draws closer in our scripts, all the actors will have the kind of thinking I have.
Q. Are you looking for any specific kind of roles?I am a hungry actor and I want to try out every role. I’m so new in this field that everything is an option for me right now.
Q. Any upcoming projects?Yes, my next film is called ‘Chambal’ opposite Sushant Singh Rajput, and directed by Abhishek Chaubey. I can’t say anything about the film right now but I’m very excited.

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