Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi Pednekar
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Born - July 18, 1989 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Occupation - Actress

Nationality - Indian

Years active - 2015 - present

Height - 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Bhumi Pednekar (born 18 July 1989) is an Indian film actress. She was born to Late Satish Pednekar and Sumitra Pednekar. She has a sister Samiksha, a lawyer.

She did her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir School, Juhu, Mumbai. She is a graduate in commerce. She was expelled from the institute 'Whistling Woods International Institute of Film, Communication & Media Arts', Mumbai due to poor attendance.

After working as an assistant casting director with Shanoo Sharma 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".

Pednekar played the role of Sandhya Varma, an obese girl in her debut film "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" (2015), opposite Ayushmann Khurrana. To play the part of an overweight woman, she gained close to 12 kg, despite being slightly overweight before the shooting had commenced. After filming, she began losing weight and shared methods and tips of the process through her social media. She lost significant weight before the release of the film. The film proved to be a sleeper hit and Pednekar won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for the film.

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

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.

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.

Pednekar next appeared in Zoya Akhtar's segment in the Netflix anthology film "Lust Stories" (2018), in which she played a maid who has an affair with her employer. Pednekar will next star opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in Abhishek Chaubey's crime film "Sonchiriya", in which she plays a dacoit.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
 2015   Dum Laga Ke Haisha  Sandhya Varma  
2015  Man's World  Unnamed  Web series
2017  Toilet: Ek Prem Katha  Jaya Sharma (nee Joshi)  
2017  Shubh Mangal Saavdhan  Sugandha  
2018  Lust Stories  Sudha  Zoya Akhtar's segment
2019  Sonchiriya  TBA  Post - Production

Awards and nominations

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


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