Bhumi Pednekar 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.
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.
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”.
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 Taapsee Pannu and her portray sharpshooters Chandro Tomar and Prakashi Tomar. She will team with Ayushmann Khurrana for the third time in Bala, a satire on physical attractiveness, after which she will star alongside Kartik Aaryan and Ananya Panday in a remake of the 1978 film Pati Patni Aur Woh.
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