I wasn’t body-shamed: Bhumi

On the con­trary, Bhumi says she was praised for her role in Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukherjee shreya.mukherjee@htlive.com

There’s al­ways a buzz around ac­tors who lose or gain weight for their films. And Bhumi Pednekar (right) cre­ated a lot of noise when she gained many ki­los for her de­but film, Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015). Given how show­biz isn’t open to the lead fe­male ac­tor be­ing over­weight, Bhumi was re­port­edly body-shamed for the film. How­ever, the ac­tor dis­misses these re­ports; says she was in fact, ap­pre­ci­ated for her role.

“I was never body-shamed for Dum Laga Ke Haisha. I was praised for my role. I will al­ways cher­ish and love the re­spect I re­ceived from the au­di­ence. I felt over­whelmed and mo­ti­vated,” says Bhumi, who is said to have lost 27 kgs for her up­com­ing film Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha.

There were a cou­ple of rea­sons why Bhumi de­cided to lose weight. In an ear­lier in­ter­view, Bhumi had spo­ken about the health is­sues she faced, when she was over­weight. She also felt that there wasn’t much scope for plus-size women in films.

“We don’t have a lot of great scripts writ­ten for plus­size women. I’m con­tent with the way I am right now. I’m not skinny, and I like that,” she had said.

I will al­ways cher­ish and love the re­spect I re­ceived from the au­di­ence. I felt over­whelmed and mo­ti­vated BHUMI PEDNEKAR, AC­TOR

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