Grew up watching Madhuri, Raveena, Karishma, want to do things they've done: Bhumi

Deccan Chronicle.  | Uma Ramasubramanian

Entertainment, Bollywood

Actress Bhumi Pednekar talks about Lust Stories, the fear of getting typecast, and the kind of work she would like to do in the future.

Madhuri Dixit, Bhumi Pednekar and Raveena Tandon.

This unconventional beauty has carved a niche for herself in the entertainment industry, and her career’s going from strength to strength. Bhumi Pednekar, who believes that content is king, has fearlessly accepted some challenging roles, and she’s currently being appreciated for her performance in Netflix’s Lust Stories.

Q. Zoya Akhtar is very critical of her own work. How was it working with her on Lust Stories?
As an actor, I am someone who completely submits to the director.  Zoya and I were on the same page. Luckily, both of us are very critical of our own work, and Zoya was clear about what she wanted to make.

Q. Considering you are so picky, have you turned down a lot of offers?
A lot of the subjects that reach me are already filtered. That’s because my first film set the tone for the kind of films I wanted to do. For me, it’s not about the length of the part, but what the character contributes to the story.

Q. Do you crave glam roles?
Absolutely! I have grown up watching films starring beautiful women like Madhuri, Raveena, and Karishma. I want to do all of the things they’ve done. I am a Bombay girl, and since childhood, I’ve loved to get decked up.

Q. What do you think of the digital space? Would you like to do a web series?
It’s become quite a large platform today, but’s not something I’m looking at for now. There’s a lot of commitment that goes into a web-series. I am already committed for the next two years. I wouldn’t do a web series at this point; in two to three years I may do it.

Q. Your sister Samiksha is a very pretty looking lady, and she’s quite active on social media. Does she have any plans to get into films?
She is beautiful, but she is a lawyer, and she is passionate about her work. As she rightly says, every pretty girl doesn’t need to be an actress. She is on her own journey, and a very successful one at that.

Q. Do you plan on getting behind the camera, or getting into production at some point?
Yes, why not! I love this business and every aspect of it. Eventually, I would like to diversify, but I don’t know if and when I will be able to do that. I’ve always been a dreamer, and I would love to try something new.

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