‘IT’S SAD THAT PEO­PLE HAVE AS­SUMED THAT I STRUG­GLED’

Ac­tor Bhumi Ped­nekar says that most peo­ple still don’t know her real side, off the cam­era

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

It’s funny how peo­ple want to get on to su­per ex­press mode. Let them en­joy their mar­ried life. Bachche toh saari umar paalne hain SHABNAM SINGH, YU­VRAJ SINGH’S MOTHER

in a tizzy. In April, in an in­ter­view that Hazel gave to an en­ter­tain­ment por­tal, her an­swer to a ques­tion about moth­er­hood was “blown out of pro­por­tion”, and re­ports sug­gest­ing that Yu­vraj and Hazel are ex­pect­ing their first child did the rounds. The cou­ple got mar­ried in Novem­ber 2016 and ever since, there has been buzz around their per­sonal life, which they ev­i­dently pre­fer to keep guarded.

Peo­ple are quick to pre­sume things about celebri­ties, and this irks Bhumi Ped­nekar. She has done three films in Bol­ly­wood, and peo­ple have al­ready be­gun type­cast­ing her as a non-glam, con­tent­driven ac­tor who would’ve strug­gled a lot. But that’s not true, says Bhumi. Bask­ing in the glory of two back-to-back suc­cesses, Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha, and Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han, Bhumi — who de­buted with Dum Laga Ke Haisha in 2015 — says, “In Bol­ly­wood, the sad no­tion is that if you do con­tent-driven cinema, peo­ple think aap koi jhola latka ke jaane wali ladki ho (that you are a sim­ple, se­ri­ous girl). It’s un­for­tu­nate how peo­ple as­sume so much about your life based on the work you do. Some­how, they’ve as­sumed that I come from a fam­ily where I was made to strug­gle a lot.” Here’s the re­al­ity Bhumi wants you to know: “I’m an in­de­pen­dent girl. I come from a fam­ily where we were given free­dom. We were al­lowed to shine and got ex­po­sure to the world since we have trav­elled a lot. I’ve seen ev­ery­thing at a very young age... I am a strong opin­ion­ated per­son, who re­ally be­longs to this mod­ern day and age.” As for her de-glam im­age, thanks to her on­screen char­ac­ters, the 28-year-old says that most peo­ple still don’t know her real side, off the cam­era. Call­ing her­self a “hard­core typ­i­cal Mum­bai girl”, Bhumi — who had put on 27 kgs for her de­but film — adds, “I be­lieve in the power of van­ity. I lit­er­ally take two hours to get ready, I love makeup! I’m a shopa­holic and love brands. Maybe that’s why peo­ple of­ten get sur­prised when they see me off screen be­cause they have this set no­tion in their mind that I’m like my on-screen char­ac­ters.” Giv­ing a peak into her per­sonal life, the ac­tor says she is some­one who loves trav­el­ling, and makes time for her gang of girls. “I make sure I travel with my girl­friends at least twice a year be­cause that’s the time I re­ju­ve­nate and dis­con­nect from my­self. I travel with my fam­ily very of­ten,” she con­cludes.

Peo­ple have as­sumed I’m a non glam­orous girl and timid be­cause of the films I do... [In real life] I be­lieve in the power of van­ity. I love makeup, I’m a big shopa­holic and love brands BHUMI PED­NEKAR, AC­TOR

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