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Bhumi Pednekar: ‘Will never fall into rut of following norm to be a leading lady’

Bhumi Pednekar is breaking stereotypes, showcasing her versatility through diverse roles and emphasizing the importance of quality scripts in her career choices.

Actor Bhumi PednekarBhumi Pednekar will next be seen in The Ladykiller. (Photo: bhumipednekar/Instagram)
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From debuting as an overweight girl to playing a lesbian girl on screen, actor Bhumi Pednekar relentlessly proved her potential as an unconventional and versatile actor. Recently, the ‘Govinda Naam Mera’ actor opened up about choosing scripts and roles.

In the last few years, her talent and versatility have helped her in bagging some great roles. She doesn’t conform to how actresses have looked on screen, nor does she conform to the film choices that leading ladies have made. She debuted as an overweight girl in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. Despite people telling her, that it could be a career-killing move, she won unanimous love. Bhumi also played a lesbian girl on screen and sensitively championed the LGBTQIA+ community. All her film choices are different and extremely diverse and that’s what makes her a special talent. Talking about this, Bhumi said, “I will never fall into the rut of following the norm to be a leading lady in this industry. I’m aware that I’m a deviation from the rule as to how leading ladies have been on screen and I love that. People will only remember me for the work that I do on screen. So, it is very important for me to pick the films that I feel in my gut is trying to say something new or aiming to do something extremely disruptive.”

She explained her point of view, she said, “For me, the script is the only thing that matters when it comes to choosing a film. It is the age of content and artists can only shine their best when backed by the best scripts. I have never compromised on the quality of the script and the role that I’m playing and that will continue to be the only thing that matters.”

Bhumi mentions that she never says okay to a project by seeing who is cast in it. She added, “If you look at my filmography since my debut, you will see me choosing scripts and roles that stand out before anything else like who is making it, who is cast in it, etc. I’m only seeking out the best projects because the films I do will be my legacy.”

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Meanwhile, on the work front, Bhumi will be seen in ‘The Ladykiller’ alongside Arjun Kapoor. ‘The Ladykiller’ will chronicle the story of a small-town playboy who falls in love with a ‘self-destructive beauty’ as they embark on a whirlwind romance. Ajay Bahl, who previously helmed movies like ‘BA Pass’ and ‘Section 375’, will be directing this film which is being produced by Bhushan Kumar and Shaailesh R Singh.

First published on: 26-05-2023 at 11:49 IST
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