"I started looking for a job for survival"
Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar has candidly spoken about her struggles to become an actress and her fight for survival.
The actress is one of the most talented stars in Bollywood to grace the big screen.
Bhumi has completed five years in the industry. She has starred in films like Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), Saand Ki Ankh (2019) and Sonchiriya (2019) to name a few.
Bhumi Pednekar opened up about why she decided to pursue a career in acting. She said:
“It’s been 5 years and it still feels like a dream! I am not an accidental actor and I say this time and again.
“This is something that I really wanted to do and I have worked really hard to be here.
“I am born and brought up in Bombay so that definitely helped because just having some sort of a support system in the city which is the city of our Hindi film industry, it makes your journey slightly easy.
“However, because I am not from a traditional film family or I really didn’t have any contacts or in, I was very confused at first about how to go about it.”
Bhumi went on to reveal that her parents initially did not support her dream of becoming an actress. She explained:
“First, I was figuring how do I convince my parents that I want to be an actor. I mustered the courage to speak to my parents about it.
“They weren’t very happy and I think they were being protective of me. So, I decided to join film school and the fee was expensive so I took a loan.”
She further added:
“I failed film school not because I wasn’t a good actor but because I wasn’t disciplined enough and that was the biggest jhatka.
“I was like I have screwed up and I had this 13 lakh loan on my head and it’s a huge amount.”
“I started looking for a job for survival and to protect my dream to act.
“Again, my parents were completely against it because they wanted me to go back to studying but I told them that I’ll get a degree from an open school.”
Bhumi Pednekar went on to speak about her role as a casting assisting for YRF. She said:
“When I was doing casting, my intent wasn’t to gain information about if I want to be an actor.
“I was just observing as a film making student. I was like I want to be a part of this world and whatever door opens wherever I go in.
“In fact, that is how my life has been – it is a journey of survival. I have only tried to survive through the years till Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
“I was lucky that I kept getting these opportunities. Things kept happening one after the other and primarily from YRF.”