Born on July 18, 1989, Bhumi Pednekar is a Mumbai resident. She did her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir, Juhu, Mumbai and at age 18 took up a job at Yash Raj Studios. Bhumi worked in the casting team of YRF for over six years. Before trying in films, Bhumi was assistant to Shanoo Sharma, the casting director of Yash Raj Films (YRF).
Very few know that Bhumi Pednekar has a twin sister Samiksha Pednekar, who is a lawyer by profession. Bhumi wants to see her sister in films, however, Samiksha has never shown any signs of future plans in acting.
Getting into Bollywood was no accident as Bhumi Pednekar always wanted to be an actor. While working in the casting team, she was persistent in her belief that "eventually it would happen".
It all started with a mock audition. Little did Bhumi know that it was going to be her ticket to Bollywood. "They had told me to give an audition for Sandhya's role (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) that would be sent as a reference to actors who don't live in Bombay. Shanoo gave me four scenes to do and I did all of them back to back together and the audition happened."
Sharing more about this experience, she said, "Shanoo is a very dramatic person. So Shanoo and I had a fight and she was like, you are fired!'. I was like, What?', she was like yeah, you're fired'. I said, Over such a silly thing?' and then she said, From today, I don't want to see your face because you're being considered for 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha'."
In 2015, Bhumi Pednekar made her Bollywood debut alongside Ayushmann Khurrana with Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
Bhumi Pednekar bagged Best Actress award for her debut from almost all Award events, namely - Filmfare Awards, Producers Guild Film Awards, Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards, Stardust Awards, BIG Star Entertainment Awards and IIFA.
After two years, Bhumi Pednekar appeared in two back-to-back films - Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.
Interestingly, within the course, Bhumi Pednekar underwent a drastic makeover. The actress, who played an obese girl in her debut, became the talk of the town for her toned physique.
For her second film alongside Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar trimmed down. "My aim was never to become skinny. I started eating home-made foods and began losing weight. Definitely, if a certain part requires me to be extremely fit I will do it. It is not a thing for me. If I have to gain weight again I will do that as well," she said.
In fact, you would be surprised to know that for Bhumi Pednekar, putting on oodles of weight for her debut film Dum Laga Ke Haisha was not a problem as the actress says being a plump girl almost all her life she has always been comfortable in her skin. However, losing weight was a worrisome task for Bhumi.
Bhumi Pednekar had been an overweight girl all her life. Talking about the same, she had told mid-day in an interview, "I have been very comfortable with it. I wore what I wanted, did what I wanted. It was never a hindrance for me. So, when they told me I had to gain more weight, I was actually really happy because I am a foodie. No actress gets the chance to eat butter chicken, dal makhni on sets every day. Eating was part of the preparation. It was the best months of my life."
However, the actress upped her game soon and frequently started sharing glam images from her photo shoots on Instagram.
Right from her debut till her last outing, Bhumi Pednekar has always played the simple, de-glam women on screen in her films, which include Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017), Shubh Mangal Savdhaan (2017), Lust Stories (2018) and Sonchiriya (2019).
In fact, her web show, Lust Stories saw her play a domestic help. Her smouldering hot pictures definitely looked like it's her way to tell filmmakers that she can play the hottie too!
Bhumi Pednekar in her next film alongside Sushant Singh Rajput - Sonchiriya - was again seen in a de-glam look. She has an interesting line up of films which include Saand Ki Aankh, Pati, Patni Aur Woh, Bala, Bhoot - Part One: The Haunted Ship and Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare.
Let's see if Bhumi lands a glamorous role! Nevertheless, her journey from being behind the camera to the big screen is sure to inspire the aspirants out there.
Bhumi Pednekar, who made her debut in Bollywood in 2015 with the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha, completed four years in the industry on February 27, 2019. As she turned a year older on July 18, 2019, here's a look at Bhumi's journey to fame. (All photos/Bhumi Pednekar's Instagram account)
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