An actress who can be described as a vault of talent, Bhumi Pednekar is one of the very few Bollywood lead who can and have experimented with a very wide range of characters since her debut in 2015. The trailer of her latest movie Durgamati has already gained attention from film fanatics applauding Pednekar for stepping into the genre of horror too.
Here are the five most notable roles that Bhumi Pednekar successfully played in her career so far.
Saand Ki Ankh
This Anurag Kashyap film features Taapsee Pannu along with Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles. This movie does not follow the typical Bollywood storyline of a hero and his adventures. Still, Saand Ki Ankh rose to its fame due to the endearing performances of the lead actresses, Pannu and Pednekar. Their performances won them the Critics Award for Best Actress at the 2020 Filmfare Awards.
Bhumi Pednekar plays the role of Chandro Tomar, and Taapsee Pannu plays Prakashi Tomar in this film based on the lives of the sharpshooter Tomar sisters-in-law. The actresses had to transform themselves to portray different age groups of the sisters in this movie. Claimed as one of the best roles of Padnekar, Chandro Tomar bought the immaculate actress in her onto the screen.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Not many will dare to debut in Bollywood as an overweight girl like Pednekar in Dum Laga Ke Haisha. But her first step towards her successful career was Sandhya in this movie. The movie released in 2015 follows the story of an introverted husband, played by Ayushmann Khurrana, and his overweight wife.
Throughout the entire story, we can see the struggle of an obese girl who is dejected by her own husband. Portraying such a socially relevant character was indeed a tedious task. But Pednekar took up this challenge and did not hesitate to transform her physical by gaining about 12 kg for her debut role. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut of 2015.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
Pednekar plays the role of Jaya, wife of Keshav played by Akshay Kumar in this romantic-satirical drama. The plot follows one of the most relevant topics in India of open defecation and lack of sanitation in rural India.
Though this was only her second movie, her acting in this film was astounding and gained a lot of praise. She stood shoulder to shoulder with Akshay Kumar with her performance throughout the movie with her powerful empowered role of Jaya.
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
This romantic comedy film of 2017 became a big hit for its unique plot. Pednekar played a very cheerful and open-minded modern girl, Sugandha besides Ayushmann Khurrana in the main lead. Once again, her performance turned a lot of heads.
Though this movie is centred around the struggles of Bala, who suffers from pre-mature baldness, it also focuses on the issue of discrimination based on the colour of skin. Latika, the character played by Pednekar in Bala has dark-coloured skin. As the story proceeds, we get to see her fighting against social norms to prove that she is not ashamed of her skin and nor should any person be discriminated against on the same lines
Once again, Pednekar through her character showed us her versatility in acting.
Bhumi Pednekar’s dedication to perfect her characters make her stand out of the line of other Bollywood actresses. This is also the reason why she has had a successful career within a short span.
Malavika M S is an intern with SheThePeople.TV