In a tete-e-tete with Bhumi Pednekar, who was in town along with her co-star Akshay Kumar for the promotion of their upcoming film – Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and also Pro-Kabbadi League reveals about her role, her weight-loss journey and more.
The movie has already received laurels from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as it is based on his pet project Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan
HYDERABAD: Sporting a warm smile, walks in Bhumi Pednekar in black culottes paired with black embroidered blouse, asking us for our introduction. She had dared to put on 27 kilos for a role and shed the same amount for another. Only when she was talking about how she took one and half years to make those extra pounds deplete without taking some professional help, we could hear some foot steps. She said, “Sir…!”When we looked back, it was Akshay Kumar approaching the couch, Bhumi was sitting on. This six-foot tall actor, who seemed engrossed on the phone, lent an ear when Bhumi continued her weight-loss journey.
“It is not that I do not endorse professional help, but it was too tough and severe for me. I had super-foods straight from our kitchen. My mom and I planned it right. I worked on the proportions instead of starving.
I could have lost those 30 kilos in three months in an unhealthy way, but I didn’t want my skin to shrink and hair to fall. I chose the old-school, safe and long term way. My meals included roti sabzi and dal in a controlled measure. I didn’t want to deprive myself anything. I enjoyed working on my body,” she shared.
Bhumi also feels her debut movie Dum Lage Ke Haisha has safeguarded her from a lot of flak new actresses go through. “When I gained weight for the film, which most actresses do not prefer to do, the industry started believing in me and my work. They trusted me as an actor. Actresses are open to experimenting to whatever capacity. I enjoy transforming myself for a character,” informed this Filmfare best debut award winner, who dreamt of being an actress since she was in Class XII.
Bhumi is not afraid of being typecast. She assertively said she wouldn’t let go of a good script and will surely take it as a challenge to make every role look unique.
Although she is not bothered about how successful her upcoming movies are going to be, Bhumi is confident that audience are going to spot and enjoy some stack difference in the roles she has played in Toilet... and her next film.
It takes a lot of courage to pull up the saree and squat in front of the camera, cast and crew and Bhumi nailed it effortlessly. Bhumi, who seemed overwhelmed with accolades for her roles informed that it is not an easy film for a girl to do.
“I realised the magnitude of the issue when we started talking about the real statistics. Our writers have done thorough research. Reading the script itself takes a toll on you. There is a lot in the film that will really move women and will surely drive to bring about a change. It can also be a small contribution to build a toilet,” she concludes. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha releases on August 11.