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Won't reject a film due to fear of being stereotyped: Bhumi

Monday, August 07, 2017

Bhumi Pednekar said she will not let go of a good role due to the fear of being typecast.

The 28-year-old actor made her debut with 2015 film 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha', where she played a small-town girl who battles patriarchy.

In her upcoming projects, 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' and 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan', Bhumi appears to be portraying similar characters.

"I have thought about getting stereotyped. But I am not going to miss out on a role because I am scared that people will only see me as a small-town girl," the actress said.

Bhumi stated she has worked hard at making her characters stand apart and hopes the audiences appreciate her effort."It's a bigger challenge for me to make every character different. They belong to the same economic stratum and are courageous. This is the only similarity."

"I really hope people don't feel the characters are same because I've tried recreating myself in all these films by staying true to my character," she added.

Bhumi also said that watching diverse cinema has influenced her choice of films. "I think I naturally have a tendency to pick such roles. I've been brought up in an environment where we were made socially responsible at a very young age. The kind of films we were exposed to, while growing up, were more niche.

"The kind of taste I developed as an audience was more towards meaningful films that were entertaining. So, I naturally tend to pick up characters which have some strength," she added.

Bhumi is glad that films today offer well-etched characters to women. "In the last five years, there has been such a huge change in the kind of roles written for women and the kind of films coming out. Even the audience is open today to watch good films and content is the king. They are intelligent and exposed to world cinema."

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