‘I’m not against KJo, Im­tiaz Ali kind of films’

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Ac­tor Bhumi Pednekar won a mil­lion hearts when she es­sayed the role of an ed­u­cated, over­weight small-town girl in her de­but film, Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015). And now, in her sec­ond film, Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha, based on the is­sue of open defe­ca­tion in ru­ral In­dia, she has once again im­pressed fans and crit­ics alike. Her next, Shubh Man­gal Savd­haan, is also based on an un­usual sub­ject, that of erec­tile dys­func­tion.

Asked if it’s a con­scious call to be a part of films based on sub­jects that are taboo or non-glam, Bhumi says, “Th­ese are all new-age films that speak about prob­lems that ac­tu­ally ex­ist around us. And the beauty of th­ese films is none of them ap­proach th­ese is­sues in a se­ri­ous man­ner. My de­but was a slice of life and light hearted film; Toi­let... is a clas­sic love story with beau­ti­ful hu­mour; and Shubh Man­gal is a quirky laugh­ter riot. So, all of them en­ter­tain, and yet leave you with a cer­tain ed­u­ca­tion, which is im­por­tant.”

The ac­tor ad­mits that be­ing a part of such “mean­ing­ful cin­ema” gives her a sense of sat­is­fac­tion and con­tent­ment. “I’ve grown up watch­ing cer­tain kind of films, so I have a nat­u­ral ten­dency to choose such scripts.”

So, would she want to do a typ­i­cal masala film, or do only is­sue-based films ex­cite her? “I am not against those films. I would love to a Karan Jo­har or an Im­tiaz Ali film. They are beau­ti­ful and fun, but it’s just that they are a dif­fer­ent genre (from what I have done).” All the three films that Bhumi has been a part of hap­pen to be small bud­get films shot in In­dia. But Bhumi shares she not for once felt that she may get stereo­typed. “All th­ese sto­ries are pow­er­ful and unique. It’s in fact a big­ger challenge for me is to make all my char­ac­ters look dif­fer­ent, even though they come from a sim­i­lar strata of so­ci­ety,” says a con­fi­dent Bhumi.

I would love to a Karan Jo­har or an Im­tiaz Ali film. They are beau­ti­ful and fun, but it’s just that they are a dif­fer­ent genre BHUMI PEDNEKAR, AC­TOR

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