Bhumi Pednekar Wiki
Bhumi Pednekar (born 18 July 1989) is an Indian film actress. After working as an assistant casting director at Yash Raj Films for six years, Pednekar made her film debut as an overweight bride in the company's romantic comedy Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
Pednekar rose to prominence by portraying a headstrong woman in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017), which ranks among the highest-grossing Indian films, and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), for which she received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
Pednekar did her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Juhu Mumbai. She was an assistant casting director for six years with Shanoo Sharma of Yash Raj Films before venturing into acting.
Early work in social problem films (2015–2017)
Pednekar made her acting debut with Sharat Katariya's romantic comedy Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015). Co-starring opposite Ayushmann Khurrana, she featured as Sandhya, an overweight woman who gets married to Khurrana's character. In preparation for the role, Pednekar gained close to 12 kg, despite being slightly overweight before the shooting had commenced. Rajeev Masand wrote in his review: "Pednekar steals the film with an assured turn, effortlessly making you care for Sandhya, without ever reducing her to a slobbering, self-pitying caricature." After filming, she began losing weight and shared methods and tips of the process through her social media. She lost significant weight before the release of the film. The film proved to be a sleeper hit, and Pednekar won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
That same year, Pednekar appeared in Y-Films's mini web-series Man's World. The four-part series about gender inequality premiered on YouTube on 29 September 2015. It also featured the actresses Parineeti Chopra, Kalki Koechlin and Richa Chadda. After a year of absence from the screen, Pednekar appeared in Shree Narayan Singh's directorial debut Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017), alongside Akshay Kumar, which tells the story of a young woman in rural India who insists on the eradication of open defecation. Despite disliking the picture, Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV praised Pednekar for "flesh[ing] out a refreshingly relatable college topper who becomes the principal catalyst for a mini-revolution". The film proved to be a major commercial success with a worldwide gross of over ₹3 billion (US$43 million), emerging as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.
Pednekar followed the success of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha with the comedy-drama Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), a satire about erectile dysfunction. Directed by R.S. Prasanna, it marked her second collaboration with Khurrana. Reviewing the film for The Indian Express, Shubhra Gupta wrote that Pednekar "once again reminds us just how convincing she can be as a real honest-to-goodness young woman in search of love", but bemoaned that she was being typecast in such roles. It earned over ₹790 million (US$11 million) against its ₹250 million (US$3.6 million) budget to emerge as a commercial success, and garnered Pednekar her first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
In 2018, Pednekar was featured by Forbes India in their 30 Under 30 list. Her sole screen appearance that year was in Zoya Akhtar's segment in the Netflix anthology film Lust Stories (2018), in which she played a maid who has an affair with her employer. Writing for NDTV, Raja Sen considered Akhtar's segment to be the best among the four films in the anthology, and found Pednekar "hauntingly good" in it. The following year, Pednekar played a young housewife on the run in rural Chambal in Abhishek Chaubey's ensemble crime film Sonchiriya, co-starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Manoj Bajpayee. She underwent two and a half months of physical training to portray her character's mannerisms and gait; she also learned to fire a gun. Rahul Desai of Film Companion praised the subtlety in the film and its performances, and credited Pednekar for "lend[ing] an inevitable sense of womanhood to the silenced". It failed to do well at the box office.
Pednekar will next star in Alankrita Shrivastava's comedy Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, co-starring Konkona Sen Sharma, and in the sports film Saand Ki Aankh, in which she and Taapsee Pannu will portray sharpshooters Chandro Tomar and Prakashi Tomar, respectively. She will team with Ayushmann Khurrana for the third time in Bala, a satire on premature balding, after which she will star alongside Kartik Aaryan and Ananya Panday in Pati, Patni Aur Woh a remake of the 1978 film of the same name. Pednekar has also committed to star in two films produced by Karan Johar's production company Dharma Productions—the horror film Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship, co-starring Vicky Kaushal, and Takht, a historical drama directed by Johar which features an ensemble cast including Kaushal, Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor, and Alia Bhatt.