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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 acting debut with the starring role of an overweight bride in the company's 2015 romantic comedy Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Her performance was acclaimed and she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

Bhumi Pednekar
Bhumi Pednekar at Times Glitter in 2017.jpg
Pednekar in 2017
Born (1989-07-18) 18 July 1989 (age 29)[1][2]
NationalityIndian
OccupationActress
Years active2015–present

Pednekar rose to prominence in 2017 by playing headstrong women in two commercially successful comedy-dramas, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. The latter earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.[3]

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Early lifeEdit

Pednekar did her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Juhu Mumbai.[4] She was an assistant casting director for six years[5] with Shanoo Sharma of Yash Raj Films before venturing into acting.[4]

CareerEdit

 
Pednekar at the 2017 Screen Awards

Pednekar played the role of Sandhya Varma, an obese girl in her debut film Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), opposite Ayushmann Khurrana. To play the part of an overweight woman, she gained close to 12 kg, despite being slightly overweight before the shooting had commenced.[6] Rajeev Masand wrote in his reviews: "Pednekar steals the film with an assured turn, effortlessly making you care for Sandhya, without ever reducing her to a slobbering, self-pitying caricature."[7] After filming, she began losing weight and shared methods and tips of the process through her social media.[5] She lost significant weight before the release of the film.[8] The film proved to be a sleeper hit and Pednekar won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for the film.[9][10]

That same year, Pednekar appeared in Y-Films's mini web-series Man's World.[11] The four-part series about gender inequality premiered on YouTube on 29 September 2015.[12] It also featured the actresses Parineeti Chopra, Kalki Koechlin and Richa Chadda.[13]

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.[14] 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".[15] The film proved to be a major commercial success with worldwide earnings of over 3.11 billion (US$43 million).[16][17]

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 Ayushmann Khurrana.[18] 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.[19] It earned 640 million (US$8.9 million) against its 250 million (US$3.5 million) budget and earned Pednekar a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.[20][21]

In 2018, Pednekar was featured by Forbes India in their 30 Under 30 list.[22] Her first 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.[23] 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.[24]

Pednekar will next star opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in Abhishek Chaubey's crime film Sonchiriya, in which she plays a dacoit, and in Alankrita Shrivastava's comedy Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, co-starring Konkona Sen Sharma.[25][26][27] She will team with Ayushmann Khurrana for the third time in Bala, a satire on physical attractiveness, and she has also committed to feature in Takht, a historical drama directed by Karan Johar, which features an ensemble cast, including Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Vicky Kaushal.[28][29]

FilmographyEdit

  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Dum Laga Ke Haisha Sandhya Varma
2015 Man's World Unnamed Web series
2017 Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Jaya Sharma (née Joshi)
2017 Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Sugandha
2018 Lust Stories Sudha Zoya Akhtar's segment
2019 Sonchiriya   TBA Post-production[26]
2019 Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare Kitty Filming[27]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result Ref.
2016 Dum Laga Ke Haisha Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Won [30]
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Female Debut Won
Screen Awards Best Female Debut Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Won
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Social Role - Female Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Female Debut Won
2018 Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Zee Cine Awards Best Actor – Female (Viewer's Choice) Nominated [31]
Best Actor – Female (Jury's Choice) Nominated
Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards Best Actress Won [32]
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Screen Awards Best Actor – Female (Popular) Nominated
Films of India Online Awards Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast Nominated [33]
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Nominated [34]
News18 Reel Movie Awards Best Actress Nominated [35]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated [36]

ReferencesEdit

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