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Bhumi Pednekar
Born:July 18, 1989
Birthplace:Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
In the year 2015, India`s most successful movie, media and entertainment empire- Yash Raj Films, gave Bollywood a promising new face, Bhumi Pednekar. She rose to fame with her debut project Dum Laga Ke Haisha, opposite Ayushmann Khurrana. Directed by Sharat Katariya, the movie went on to become a sleeper hit at the box office, with Bhumi taking home a Filmfare Award, Screen Award, Zee Cine Award, and International Indian Film Academy Award for Best Female Debut. Having worked under Shanoo Sharma, Yash Raj`s in-house casting director for six years, the actress gained oodles amount of weight for her role as Sandhya Verma. The movie follows the story of an overweight girl who struggles to start a new life with her husband, Prem Prakash Tiwari, a cassette shop owner. In the same year, she also featured in Y-Films`s mini web-series Man`s world, alongside industry names like Parineeti Chopra, Kalki Koechlin, and Richa Chadda.

Early Life
Born in Mumbai to a Maharashtrian father and a Haryanvi mother, Bhumi has been brought up in the city of dreams and did her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Juhu. She has a young sibling, Sameeksha, who is an aspiring lawyer. Having once confessed to her mother about her dreams of becoming an actress, Bhumi was enrolled in Subash Ghai`s acting school Whistling Woods, for a year. As an assistant casting director to Shanu Sharma, Bhumi has helped cast for films like Chak De! India, Rocket Singh: Salesman of The Year and Teen Patti.

Movie Career

While working for Yash Raj, Bhumi used to send mock auditions to actors as references. Little did she know that one of her mock auditions would make her the lead heroine of one of the biggest production houses in the country. She was roped in, to essay Sandhya Verma in Sharat Katariya`s Dum Laga Ke Haisha. The movie won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and was a nationwide critical and commercial hit.

Her 2017 projects include Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, co-starring Akshay Kumar in the lead, and Shubh Mangal Savdhan, opposite Ayushmann Khurrana. Her 2019 projects include Sonchiriya, Saand Ki Aankh, , Bala and Pati Patni Aur Woh. Her 2020 releases include Bhoot - Part One: The Haunted Ship and Durgamati.

Her other notable movies include Badhaai Do (2022), Raksha Bandhan (2022), Govinda Naam Mera (2022), Bheed (2023), Afwaah (2023), Thank You for Coming (2023), Bhakshak (2024), The Lady Killer (2024) and Meri Patni Ka Remake (2024).
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Ayushmann Khurrana
Kriti Sanon
Kirti Kulhari
Vaani Kapoor
Yami Gautam
Taapsee Pannu
Shraddha Kapoor
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Raksha Bandhan
Badhaai Do
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Did You Know? (10)

  • The first time Bhumi Pednekar had a boyfriend she was 16. They went out to see a film together.
  • Bhumi Pednekar had been a meritorious student but had failed, once in 7th Standard in Physics.
  • Bhumi Pednekar gained 12kgs for her role in Dum Laga Ke Haisa and followed a strict regime to lose all the extra weight
  • Bhumi Pednekar used alcohol-based makeup instead of regular paint for her dark complexion in Bala (2019).
  • Bhumi Pednekar assisted with the casting of Dum Laga Ke Haisha before deciding to audition herself.
  • Bhumi Pednekar`s role in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) was based on a real-life character named Anita Harre.
  • Rani Mukherji has praised Bhumi Pednekar`s on-screen presence and confidence.
  • Apart from aspiring to be an actress, Bhumi Pednekar also wanted to be a future leader.
  • Bhumi Pednekar has apparently watched Kamaal R Khan's film, Deshdrohi, almost 100 times.
  • Before becoming an actress, Bhumi Pednekar worked as an assistant to Shanoo, the casting director of Yash Raj films.
  • Personal Quotes (10)

  • "I want to be a part of films that have some kind of social comment and that will help people evolve."
  • "My parents always told me that we won`t get you married until you are independent. Women have always been celebrated in my house."
  • "I work out four hours a day - I do a lot of swimming, dancing, and gymming."
  • "I`ve always been an overweight girl, and I`ve never had an issue with that. I`m very comfortable with my body."
  • "I have always had a flair for acting; maybe that`s why I enjoyed casting so much."
  • "I wouldn`t exist if film content hadn`t revolutionized. "
  • "My reasons for doing a film are very honest and basic. "
  • "I`m extremely fortunate that I started my career at a time when parts for women are being celebrated. "
  • "I believe humor stems from intelligence and wit, and I think I`m a fairly smart person. "
  • "Live each moment as it comes. "
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