Ak­shay sir breaks the no­tion of a su­per­star: Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi Pednekar says there are sev­eral pro­fes­sional habits that she would like to im­bibe from her co-star Ak­shay Ku­mar

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Pr­erna Gauba and Shreya Mukher­jee htc­ity@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ak­shay Ku­mar never fails to im­press his co-stars. The lat­est be­ing ac­tor Bhumi Pednekar, who has a host of good things to say about Ak­shay with whom she re­cently worked in Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha. “Sir (Ak­shay) is so fo­cused and pro­fes­sional. He com­pletely ded­i­cates him­self dur­ing the film­ing process. He is a great ex­am­ple to have for new­com­ers like us. On set, he is filled with ex­cite­ment and is so well-be­haved. He be­lieves in spread­ing hap­pi­ness,” says Bhumi, who made her de­but with ac­tor Ayush­mann Khur­rana in Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015).

Show­er­ing more praises on him, Bhumi adds, “When you are grow­ing up, you have a no­tion of what a su­per­star will be like. Ak­shay sir is ab­so­lutely dif­fer­ent from that. When you see Ak­shay sir, it all comes crash­ing down. He is so down-to-earth and is al­ways punc­tual on set. Pro­fes­sion­ally, I wish I could adopt those habits from him.”

Speak­ing about their film, Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha, which high­lights the prob­lem of open defe­ca­tion in ru­ral In­dia, Bhumi says she wasn’t even aware that Ak­shay was part of the film, when she signed it. “I said yes to the film be­cause of the script. I didn’t know about Ak­shay sir be­ing a part of it then. It is one of those rare films that is an out-and-out ro­mance. It’s a very cred­i­ble film with a so­cial mes­sage, so I knew I am not let­ting it go,” says a proud Bhumi.

Asked if she thinks that the film will ac­tu­ally turn the spot­light on to the prob­lem of open defe­ca­tion, she adds. “It will be an eye-opener. As re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens we must all work to­wards mak­ing a bet­ter so­ci­ety. We can’t have the os­trich men­tal­ity and look away from is­sues and think things are fine. We all need to work to­wards it,” she says.

Ak­shay sir is a great ex­am­ple for new­com­ers like us. On set he is filled with ex­cite­ment and is so well-be­haved BHUMI PEDNEKAR, AC­TOR

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