MUMBAI: Flying high on the success of her recent film 'Bala', Bhumi Pednekar has now jumped onto the promotions of her upcoming comedy flick 'Pati, Patni Aur Woh'. In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, the actress responded to the controversy revolving around her 'dark-skin' in 'Bala' and also had some shocking revelations about bullies and pay disparity.
The makers of 'Bala' have been slammed by the audience for making a fair-skinned girl portray the character of a dark-skinned woman. When asked about this, Bhumi said, "I am an actor, it's my job to be able to transform. So, if I limit myself to the physicality of the character then I will not exist as I am not that kind of actor. If an actor tries to do something different, you just cannot accept it."
Bhumi debuted with the film 'Dum Lagake Haisha' where she had to play the role of an overweight woman. Since then, the actress has been fat-shamed but she revealed that there is nothing new in this and she has been bullied since her childhood. She said, "Everyone has faced bullying. I have been fat-shamed since I was a kid. I was always a chubby kid. Everything is a problem. If you're too short, it's a problem. If you're too tall, it's a problem. Hairy, not hairy, fair, dark, - everything is an issue."
Furthermore, the Shubh Mangal Savdhaan actress also voiced her opinion about the pay disparity that exists in Bollywood. We all know how female actresses have been undermined in an industry that is obviously a male-dominated one. Bhumi said, "In the early years, it used to be a huge problem. I'm not going to compare my pay to somebody who has been in the industry for so many years. I can't be someone who's not able to attract a large audience but expects a crazy pay. There has to be a logic behind it. I have been in a situation where I was paid 5% of what my male actor got, even though we had the same number of hits and our career graphs have been similar." But she adds, "Things have changed tremendously. There's this wave of films that's led by female characters and it's empowering to be a part of these."
On the work front, Bhumi Pednekar will be next seen in 'Pati, Patni Aur Woh' alongside Ananya Panday and Kartik Aaryan. It will hit the theatres on 6th December 2019.