Mumbai: After impressing audiences and critics with her powerful performances in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, and ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’, Bhumi Pednekar is currently being appreciated for her act in 'Lust Stories'. In this Netflix’s original, Bhumi has been directed by Zoya Akhtar for the series and she thinks of it as a big compliment.
In an interview with DNA, the actress shared, “When Zoya got in touch with me, it seemed like a great project because it was Bombay Talkies 2 then. But when I read the script, I was like, ‘How am I going to do this?’ When you have dialogues, it tells you a lot about the character and the world he or she comes from. If I’m just quiet, it will confuse people. I had to play a house help and feel the whole class divide. The film had so many layers”.
One of the most talked about scenes from 'Lust Stories' has the Bhumi's character making out with her male employer played by Neil Bhoopalan. The actress mentions that the particular scene was unnerving for her.
The 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' actress explained, “I have gone four shades darker, my face and hands were pigmented. This is the most amount of time I’ve taken to get ready for a film. Zoya has dirtied me right to my nails being chipped. This time, there was also the whole sex scene that unnerved me but Zoya is empowered, so she gave me the confidence to go ahead and do this. It was liberating working with her. She’s a boss lady”.
Speaking about her passion for films and acting, Bhumi said, “I don’t fear getting typecast anymore. I have a strong personality - I know who I’m outside my work and I’m nothing like the characters I portray. Then the audiences have also matured. My intention has always been to just do good work. I have realised what my pitch is and I’m in this industry for the pure reason that I love acting. I also love the frills that come with it — the clothes, red carpet appearances and having an impact on people. But I also love waking up and telling different stories and exploring different emotions.”
Bhumi is currently working on director Abhishek Chaubey's gritty dacoit drama 'Sonchiriya', alongside Sushant Singh Rajput and Manoj Bajpayee.