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Bhumi Pednekar’s Transformation Is More Than Just About A Movie Role And Her Message Is Powerful!

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Bhumi Pednekar is a rare chameleon in Bollywood. The actress, with her diverse roles, has the ability to seamlessly transform into her characters. Whether it is her turn as a naive house-help in Lust Stories to a weathered housewife in Sonchiriya, this woman is talented AF. Her claim to fame came with the extremely transformative, and underrated, role in Dum Laga Ke Haisha. The actress gained 21 kgs for the role and has opened up about the relevance of the same. The weight gain was more than just an actor’s choice, it was an indicator of Bollywood accepting diverse body types.

“Your style is an extension of your personality”, said Bhumi is a recent interview.

Bhumi spoke up about the process she went through for the role. “Honestly, gaining and losing were both very tough. Gaining sounds like it’s a lot of fun but then you have to eat a certain amount of food that you’re not used to eating it. Losing weight, in fact, makes you feel better because you know you’re getting healthier but it requires a lot of discipline. I think the first few days more than being physically tough I think they were mentally difficult. Because just getting yourself to go to the gym every day, eating clean, disconnecting yourself from the life outside, is the only way you can knock off the amount of weight that I did and in the time frame that I did”, she elaborated.

The actress gives credit to audiences and filmmakers for being accepting of different body types in the media. “Today different body types are celebrated, If you’re curvy you’re celebrated, if you’re not curvy and you’re born extremely thin that’s also celebrated. Inclusivity of all body types is such a welcome change”, Bhumi confessed.

Bhumi had some prime advice for women struggling with body image issues, especially young girls. She revealed, “I think it’s more about acceptance towards yourself and being healthy. The truth is we all aren’t made the same way. God has given us different body types and different body structures and we need to respect that. Indian women are curvy, we are born that way. We cannot change that. You’re really depriving your body of very important nutrition that is required especially when you’re growing up”, She elaborated.

We do love Bhumi for getting so raw and real about her deliciously desi body. She also went a bit further and laid bare some facts about taking care of yourself first, no matter what job you’re in. “Today there is knowledge about health and nutrition. People are so much aware. People really care. The health and nutrition industry is really booming. Go get your knowledge, be realistic about it, go workout, eat wholesome food, eat organic, eat clean, eat at home. You don’t need to starve yourself”, said Bhumi. Amen to that!

On the work front, Bhumi is all set to join forces with Konkona Sen Sharma to premiere her next film Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare at Busan International Film Festival. Talking about Lipstick Under My Burkha fame director, Alankrita Shrivastava, she said, “Alankrita is someone I’ve wanted to collaborate as an artist. Her cinema is deeply moving and extremely meaningful and she has made a film that everyone will take notice. I loved her Lipstick Under My Burkha. It was brilliant, moving and captivating and Alankrita is just an outstanding person and a director”, she revealed. We are super excited about the same!


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