Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - HT CITY ENTERTAINMENT - Shreya Mukher­jee

Birth­days have al­ways been spe­cial for Bhumi Ped­nekar (left), but the most mem­o­rable one was in 2014. That year, on July 18, she got the call for her maiden Bol­ly­wood film, Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015). And guess what? The ac­tor had taken leave on that day and was sleep­ing when her phone rang. “I didn’t know how to re­act. I re­mem­ber go­ing back to sleep again. I think, I was in a state of shock. My mum and sis­ter came from the other room ex­cit­edly to tell me that I bagged the role. They hugged me and got emo­tional,” re­calls Bhumi.

The film put the spot­light on Bhumi and since then there has been no look­ing back for her. This year, Bhumi is look­ing for­ward to the re­lease of two films, one with Ak­shay Ku­mar and the other with Ayush­mann Khur­rana. Cur­rently she’s pro­mot­ing the film with Ak­shay, Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha, and says that this year, it will be a work­ing birth­day. How­ever, she ex­pects a sur­prise party from her friends. She says, “I feel like princess on my birth­days — thanks to my fam­ily and friends. They al­ways make it mem­o­rable. Also, I visit a tem­ple to of­fer prayers and also cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion with Rashid kaka [her close fam­ily friend] and his fam­ily.”

Re­mem­ber­ing her most favourite birth­day gift till date, the ac­tor, who turns 28 to­day says, “A few years ago, my par­ents gifted me a spe­cial heir­loom piece of jew­ellery that be­longed to my naani. That will re­main my favourite gift for long.”

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