In the beginning of her Bollywood career, Bhumi Pednekar took a rather bold step by playing a chubby girl in Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Unlike how usually debuts in the industry have been more glamorous, Bhumi changed the trend and she sure won hearts! Her upcoming films, Toilet – Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan also have been much awaited thanks to it’s quirky yet strong storyline, not to forget the immense star power too! But from how we initially saw Bhumi in her debut to now as a lean mean machine, it sure is a transformation worth applauding. While speaking to Hindustan Times, the diva stated how she feels like she is being re-launched, thanks to the massive change in her appearance. “Jaya [in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha] is totally different from Sandhya in Dum Laga Ke Haisha, so I am getting this feeling that I’m getting re-launched with this project. I am excited to see how people will accept the film and the social message it conveys,” said the actress.
She further divulged on weight issues, “I was a regular Indian girl who would wear large and medium sizes… But with the added weight, I couldn’t restrict myself as an actor… We don’t have a lot of great scripts written for plus-size women. I’m content with the way I am right now. I’m not skinny, and I like that.” True that. Bollywood does have a dearth of scripts to accommodate plus-size women, unless she is a sidekick to an actress (typical stereotype).
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While in Dum Laga Ke Haisha, the actress dealt with bodyshaming over weight issues, in reality, she was lauded for the same! Bhumi revealed, “I was never body-shamed for [my debut] Dum Laga Ke Haisha. On the contrary, the audience appreciated my character in the film. I will always cherish the love and respect that I received from the audience. I felt overwhelmed and motivated.” She reportedly lost about 27 kgs! We’ll be seeing her romance Akshay Kumar and Ayushmann Khurrana in Toilet – Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan respectively. We’re super excited for both the films! What about you? Tell us in the comments box below. Stay tuned to this space for hot scoop and latest updates.