Bhumi Pednekar has been the torch bearer of steering away from conventional roles and bringing untold stories to light!
Seldom do we find actresses like Bhumi Pednekar who would happily gain weight for their very first movie without caring about all the pre-conceived notions the public has for what a leading lady should look like. She has won many hearts for playing characters that mirror the fact that women are not the perfectly gorgeous looking, hair flying in slow motion kinda beings in reality. We’re a community of all shapes and sizes with various kinds of skin types and for once we met someone who boldly portrayed that in our movies in a time when most Bollywood actors cared more about how they looked on screen than the story itself. Bhumi Pednekar has always made it a point to educate the public through her films and her work as an avid environmentalist. Be it her efforts to reduce the usage of plastic, the threat of global warming, to actually turning vegan herself.
After working as a casting director for YRF under Shanoo Sharma, little did they know she was an ambitious actor herself and would go onto creating a vast list of filmography like no other. In her career over the years, she clearly has stayed away from quintessential or rather commercial Bollywood cinema and stirred important conversations through her movies that most might find uncomfortable.
Here’s a list of many such idyllic characters played by the talented actress which made a strong impact on-screen!
Sumi Singh – Badhaai Do
Sumi is a vital character voicing the struggles and judgements the LGBTQIA+ community goes through in our country.
Chandro Tomar – Saand Ki Aankh
An unsung hero, a Biopic that needed to be made about Chandro Tomar, an octogenarian sharpshooter from Uttar Pradesh who has won more than 30 national championships.
Sandhya – Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Sandhya felt relatable to so many girls out there who are dealing with body shaming by their partners or families. The character highlights loving yourself and being with a partner who accepts you the way you are!
Jaya – Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
Jaya put her foot down when it came to superstitious beliefs about not having a toilet inside the house and highlighted the importance of personal hygiene for women in rural areas.
Sugandha – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
An important film and character that openly talks about erectile dysfunction and tries to find various solutions to help out her partner instead of suppressing the issue, or judging him for it.
Indumati Tomar – Sonchiriya
Indumati, a brave woman who stands to fight for ‘Sonchiriya’ and does everything in her power to protect her from a family of demons who have maliciously raped them in the past.
Latika – Bala
Latika shows how we still consider only ‘fair’ skin as beautiful and girls who have a darker skin palette still have to listen weird taunts and advices given by their relatives.
Kitty – Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitaare
Kitty makes a journey from Bihar to Delhi to meet her cousin Dolly and navigate her way through her secrets, fulfilling her dreams and her path to feeling liberated.
Chanchal Singh Chauhan – Durgamati
IAS officer Chanchal Singh Chauhan gets possessed by the spirit of Durgamati, who in a way helps reveal a larger conspiracy that Chanchal gets entangled in. Here we see Bhumi in a role that’s different from the ones that she’s played before, a horror/thriller drama that’ll keep you on the edge throughout.
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