Bhumi Pednekar (born 18 July 1989) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. She has won three Filmfare Awards and is well known for her representations of independent small-town women. For her role, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She gained notoriety for her roles in the financially lucrative comedy-drama films Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017), Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), Bala (2019), and Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019).
She twice received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for her roles as the closeted lesbian in Badhaai Do (2022) and the septuagenarian sniper Chandro Tomar in Saand Ki Aankh (2019). Off-screen, Pednekar is an environmentalist who, starting in 2023, works for the United Nations Development Programme to spread awareness about climate change.
Pednekar was born in Bombay on 18 July 1989. She is of Konkani and Haryanvi ancestry; her mother, Sumitra, became active in the fight against tobacco use when her husband passed away from oral cancer; and her father, Satish, served as Maharashtra’s former home and labour minister. She attended Arya Vidya Mandir in Juhu for her education. Her parents took out a student loan for her to study acting at Whistling Woods International when she was 15 years old, but she was ejected for having a terrible attendance record. She paid off the amount and started working for Yash Raj Films as an assistant casting director during an 18-month period. After that, she spent six years working for the company under Shanoo Sharma.
|Born||18 July 1989 Bombay, Maharashtra, India|
|Parent’s||Satish Pednekar, Sumitra Hooda Pednekar|
|Height||in feet & inches- 5’4”|
|Weight||in kilograms– 60Kg approx.|
|Education||Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com.)|
Early work and recognition (2015–2018)
In the 2015 romantic comedy Dum Laga Ke Haisha, which was produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by Sharat Katariya. Bhumi put on about 12 kg of body weight in preparation. She started losing weight after filming and posted about the process on her social media. She was a character in the four part online series Man’s World from Y-Films in that year.
Two years later, Pednekar was paired with Akshay Kumar in the parody Toilet: Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) as a young Indian woman who insists on ending open defecation. It became one of the highest-grossing Hindi films of the year and Pednekar’s highest-grossing movie with a global gross of over 3 billion (US$38 million). The global box office for Shubh Mangal Saavdhan was 700 million (US$8.8 million).In the Netflix anthology film Lust Stories, Pednekar only made one on-screen appearance in 2018, in which she portrayed a maid who has an affair with her boss.
Rise to prominence (2019–2022)
Pednekar’s first film of 2019 was the crime drama Sonchiriya by Abhishek Chaubey. Alongside Sushant Singh Rajput and Manoj Bajpayee, she portrayed a young housewife on the run in rural Chambal. She trained physically for two and a half months to emulate her character’s posture and walk, and she even learned how to shoot a rifle. In 2019 films Bala and Pati Patni Aur Woh, Pednekar continued to play independent small-town ladies.
The film Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, which also stars Konkona Sen Sharma and was directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, premiered at the 24th Busan International Film Festival in 2019 before being made available on Netflix in the latter half of 2020.
She then had supporting roles in the horror movie Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship and the comedy-drama Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. The horror movie Bhaagamathie was remade and starring Pednekar in Durgamati, which was made in the same year and made available on Amazon Prime Video. In the comedy-drama Badhaai Do(2022), Pednekar returned to the big screen after a year away, playing two gay men in a lavender marriage with Rajkummar Rao.
She shared the Best Actress Filmfare Critics Award for Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 with Tabu. In the family movie Raksha Bandhan directed by Aanand L. Rai, she reunited with Akshay Kumar. The movie received criticism for its backward storyline, and it debuted as a box office dud. She next had an appearance in Shashank Khaitan’s comedic thriller Govinda Naam Mera, which was shown on Disney+ Hotstar and also starred Vicky Kaushal and Kiara Advani. Her “over-the-top” portrayal, according to Mid-Day’s Hiren Kotwani, was the standout performance in a lacklustre movie.
In 2023, Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao worked together once more on Anubhav Sinha’s black-and-white drama Bheed, which is on the COVID-19 lockdown in India. She received praise from Scroll.in and Rediff.com reviewers for skillfully assisting Rao’s performance. It received subpar box office results. She appeared in Sudhir Mishra’s political thriller Afwaah alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The next role for Pednekar is a police officer in the suspenseful film Bhakshak.
|2015||Dum Laga Ke Haisha||Sandhya Verma|
|2017||Toilet: Ek Prem Katha||Jaya Joshi|
|Shubh Mangal Saavdhan||Sugandha Joshi|
|2018||Lust Stories||Sudha Maheshwari||Zoya Akhtar‘s segment|
|Saand Ki Aankh||Chandro Dadi|
|Pati Patni Aur Woh||Vedika|
|2020||Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan||Devika Bhatt||Cameo|
|Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare||Kajal “Kitty” Yadav|
|Durgamati||IAS Chanchal Singh Chauhan / Durgamati|
|2022||Badhaai Do||Suman “Sumi” Singh|
|Govinda Naam Mera||Gauri Waghmare|
|Afwaah||Nivedita ‘Nivi’ Singh|
|The Lady Killer||TBA||Filmin|
|Meri Patni Ka Remake||TBA||Filming|