The ac­tor was par­tic­u­larly ner­vous about how her mother would re­act to Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han

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Un­con­ven­tional film roles seem to be Bhumi Ped­nekar’s forte. From play­ing an over­weight woman who faces is­sues in her mar­ried life to some­one who high­lights the im­por­tance of san­i­ta­tion, one who finds out that her fi­ancé has erec­tile dys­func­tion, and now, a house help in a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with the young man in the house, the ac­tor can boast of a di­verse body of work.

Asked if she ever wor­ried about how her fam­ily would re­act to her choice of films — on taboo sub­jects in so­ci­ety — Bhumi laughs that they have have only been “more ex­cited” each time.

“When­ever I hear the nar­ra­tion for a new film, I have this process back home where my mother reads all my scripts. I don’t say yes [to any project] till I get a yes from my mum. If not as much for a mo­ral ground check­ing, she’s a very in­tel­li­gent woman and I re­ally take what she says se­ri­ously. So far, she has loved my work,” says Bhumi.

“Hon­estly, for Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han (SMS), I was par­tic­u­larly ner­vous be­cause we were speak­ing of a sex­ual topic (erec­tile dys­func­tion) and ul­ti­mately she’s my mum, so I didn’t know how she will re­act. But she just loved the script,” adds the ac­tor.

Bhumi is also not the one to be inse­cure about screen time or fear be­ing over­shad­owed by her co-stars — Ayush­mann Khur­rana in her de­but film, Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), and SMS, and ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar in Toi­let: Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha. “If I had that fear, I wouldn’t have taken a film like Toi­let... Ak­shay is one of the big­gest su­per­stars in the coun­try to­day and work­ing with him only added to my ex­pe­ri­ence. And with Ayush­mann, it’s a great friend­ship that we share with­out any in­se­cu­rity.”

Most re­cently, Bhumi got praised for her bold char­ac­ter of a house help in one of the four short films in Lust Sto­ries. Hers was di­rected by Zoya Akhtar. “She’s amaz­ing and it was such a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence. As a film­maker, she is such an in­tel­li­gent woman and she knows what she wants from the char­ac­ter that’s there on-screen,” says Bhumi, call­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Zoya “lib­er­at­ing”.

Bhumi Ped­nekar’s mother reads all her scripts, and the ac­tor says that she re­ally takes her mum’s word se­ri­ously

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