Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi Pednekar (born 18 July 1989) is an Indian film actress. After working as an assistant casting director at Yash Raj Films for six years, Pednekar made her acting debut with the starring role of an overweight bride in the company's 2015 romantic comedy Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Her performance was acclaimed and she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

Pednekar rose to prominence in 2017 by playing headstrong women in two commercially successful comedy-dramas, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. The latter earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.[3]

Bhumi Pednekar
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Pednekar at a screening of Shubh Mangal Savdhan in 2017
Born 18 July 1989 (age 28)[1][2]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India[2]
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2015–present

Early life

Pednekar did her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Juhu Mumbai.[4] She was an assistant casting director for six years[5] with Shanoo Sharma of Yash Raj Films before venturing into acting.[4]


Pednekar played the role of Sandhya Varma, an obese girl in her debut film Dum Laga Ke Haisha, opposite Ayushmann Khurrana in 2015. As reported by Daily News and Analysis, she was quoted as saying that in order to play the role of an overweight woman, she gained close to 12 kg, despite being overweight before the shooting had commenced.[6] It is also reported that Pednekar has signed a three-film deal with Yash Raj Films.[7][6] Rajeev Masand wrote in his reviews: "Pednekar steals the film with an assured turn, effortlessly making you care for Sandhya, without ever reducing her to a slobbering, self-pitying caricature."[8] After filming, she began losing weight and shared methods and tips of the process through her social media.[5] She lost significant weight before the release of the film.[7] The film proved to be a sleeper hit and Pednekar won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for the film.[9][10]

That same year, Pednekar appeared in Y-Films's mini web-series Man's World.[11] The four-part series about gender inequality premiered on YouTube on 29 September 2015.[12] It also featured the actresses Parineeti Chopra, Kalki Koechlin and Richa Chadda.[13]

After a year of absence from the screen, Pednekar appeared in Shree Narayan Singh's directorial debut Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017), alongside Akshay Kumar, which tells the story of a young woman in rural India who insists on the eradication of open defecation.[14] Despite disliking the picture, Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV praised Pednekar for "flesh[ing] out a refreshingly relatable college topper who becomes the principal catalyst for a mini-revolution".[15] The film proved to be a major commercial success with earnings of over 216 crore (US$32 million).[16][17]

Pednekar followed the success of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha with the comedy-drama Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), a satire about erectile dysfunction. Directed by R.S. Prasanna, it marked her second collaboration with Ayushmann Khurrana.[18] Reviewing the film for The Indian Express, Shubhra Gupta wrote that Pednekar "once again reminds us just how convincing she can be as a real honest-to-goodness young woman in search of love", but bemoaned that she was being typecast in such roles.[19] Pednekar received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance.[20]

Pednekar next appeared in Zoya Akhtar's segment in the Netflix anthology film Lust Stories,[21] following which she will star opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in Abhishek Chaubey's crime film Sonchiriya, in which she plays a dacoit.[22][23]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Dum Laga Ke Haisha Sandhya Varma
Man's World Unnamed Web series
2017 Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Jaya Sharma (née Joshi)
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Sugandha
2018 Lust Stories Sudha Zoya Akhtar's segment
2019 Sonchiriya Film yet to release TBA Post-production[23]

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result Ref.
2016 Dum Laga Ke Haisha Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Won [24]
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Female Debut Won
Screen Awards Best Female Debut Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Won
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Social Role - Female Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Female Debut Won
2018 Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Zee Cine Awards Best Actor – Female (Viewer's Choice) Nominated [25]
Best Actor – Female (Jury's Choice) Nominated
Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards Best Actress Won [26]
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Screen Awards Best Actor – Female (Popular) Nominated
Films of India Online Awards Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast Nominated [27]
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Nominated [28]
News18 Reel Movie Awards Best Actress Nominated [29]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated [30]


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  2. ^ a b "15 women of courage share their inspiring stories". India Today. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Bhumi Pednekar: I love vanity as a woman".
  4. ^ a b Presenting Dum Laga Ke Haisha’s leading lady Bhumi Pednekar, the slim-fit version, Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b ‛Lose it’ like Bhumi Pednekar!, Bhumi Pednekar has shared "the fun little things" she did to lose weight.
  6. ^ a b My Cinderella Story: Bhumi Pednekar, DNAIndia 7 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b 7 things you don't know about Bhumi Pednekar. 6th is shocking, India Today.
  8. ^ "Think Big!". 27 February 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2016: Ranveer Singh bags Best Actor in leading role for Bajirao Mastani". ibtimes. 16 January 2016.
  10. ^ Singh, Prashant (17 March 2015). "NH10 and more: Sleeper hits, a new trend in Bollywood". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Man's World". Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  12. ^ Basu, Nilanjana (27 September 2015). "Parineeti, Kalki, Richa Show it is So Not a Man's World in Trailer". NDTV. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Bollywood celebs bat for gender equality with 'Man's World'". The Indian Express. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ Iyer, Meena (11 August 2017). "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Movie Review". Times of India. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  15. ^ Saibal, Chaterjee (11 August 2017). "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Movie Review - Akshay Kumar's Film Stinks To High Heaven". NDTV. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Toilet Ek Prem Katha Emerges a Blockbuster". Box Office India. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Box Office: Worldwide collections and day wise break up of Toilet – Ek Prem Katha". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar in Anand L Rai's Next Film". NDTV. October 22, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  19. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (1 September 2017). "Shubh Mangal Saavdhan movie review: The Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar film suffers from a sagging climax". The Indian Express. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Nominations for the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018". Filmfare. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Bhumi Pednekar on 'Lust Stories': 'I was wiping floors at home for weeks. My mom loved it'".
  22. ^ "Love, Sex, & Modern Relationships: Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, and Dibakar Banerjee Discuss Netflix's Lust Stories". News18. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  23. ^ a b "Bhumi Pednekar Shares Her Look From Sonchiriya, Also Starring Sushant Singh Rajput". NDTV. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2016: Ranveer Singh bags Best Actor in leading role for Bajirao Mastani". ibtimes. 16 January 2016.
  25. ^ "2018 Archives - Zee Cine Awards". Zee Cine Awards. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  26. ^ "DadaSaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards 2018: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor Bags Best Actor Awards - SKJ Bollywood News". SKJ Bollywood News. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  27. ^ "FOI Online Awards". FOI Online Awards. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  28. ^ "Nominations for the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018". Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  29. ^ "Reel Movie On Screen Awards 2018 | Best Film, Actor, Actress, Director and More". News18. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  30. ^ "IIFA Nominations 2018: Tumhari Sulu Leads With 7 Nods, Newton Follows". Retrieved 2018-05-28.

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