Bhumika Chawla, the Missamma actress was indeed missed in the last few years. But the best part is how she has managed to challenge time and space. Staying in Dubai has not really mattered and over 16 years into the industry, she still carries the same warmth and innocence in her eyes. Now, motherhood has only added to her grace. Cool, poised and eloquent, Bhumika is back to Hindi cinema with the biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story in which she plays Jayanthi, his sister.
How is life Bhumika? How do you feel being a mom?
Life is great. I have been shuttling between Dubai and India doing a few films, taking care of my two-year-old son Yash. Life has definitely changed after motherhood. Every moment is a learning. The smile Yash gives me, the beautiful expression in his face and hugs I get are priceless. Yash is the best gift life has given me and being his mom is the best role I have ever played.
Would you say this is a comeback film?
Not really. I have not taken any break since I have been doing at least one film every year. Yes, I agree that it has been a while since I did a Hindi film.
How does the role of Dhoni’s sister Jayanthi feel? Have you met Dhoni?
I loved working in the film because Dhoni as a person is a calm and cool person and I really admire him. I have not met him but have known about him over time. Dhoni has shared a very special bond with his sister. He used to talk to her about everything as they grew up and this is an important role in the film too.
Although you are a versatile face, any specific reason that you were cast in this role? Will this typecast you into support roles?
I always wanted to work with Neeraj Pandey. When I got this opportunity I felt it would be a great project. As far as the role is concerned, many leading female actors like Aiswarya Rai and Priyanka have played sister roles and other characters that are away from their conventional journey. This is the day and age of exploring new paths and even the audience is evolving into new genres and new media. Film-making and styles of narration have changed too. So there is no such concern at all.
Do you watch cricket? Are you an MSD fan?
I love cricket, but I watch it when Bharath (my husband) switches on the TV. But no matter what Dhoni is a hero to me and the entire nation. In a way this is a relevant film because many people would want to know about the life of this great hero who has inspired all of us.
Will you be actively pursuing your career now?
I have never really pursued and followed up on my career and being busy. But I am definitely happy to keep working in great projects like this. Now that I am a mom, my time away from Yash has to be justified and hence the project should be really worth it. I I am, however, excited about the possibilities.