When Dum Laga Ke Haisha came out in 2015, it was a small-scale film that warmed audiences’ hearts and eventually became a success due to its simplicity. The story of Sandhya, played by Bhumi Pednekar, and Prem, played by Ayushmann Khurrana, was the age-old tale of an arranged marriage where the bride and groom don’t get a chance to choose their mate, and just have to go with what their parents do. also say, but it was in this world that we met the strong-willed Sandhya who doesn’t just settle.
The stubborn, liberal Sandhya isn’t shy about dancing at her own wedding and is well aware that society looks a little differently at women her size, but she loves herself anyway. Sandhya is educated, has definite ambitions for her career, so when she finds herself married to a man who can’t bring herself to look at her beyond her weight, she collapses, but only in the privacy of her own. room when no one can. see her.
Bhumi Pednekar played the stubborn Sandhya in Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
In the film, Sandhya is shown as the woman who tries her best to make her relationship work. From satin nightgowns to English movies, she goes above and beyond to make a happy home for the newlyweds, so when Prem scolds her in public, her instincts tell her to slap him in the face, and she does. Sandhya is a realistic portrayal of a thinking woman in the 90s who was taught by a patriarchal society to treat her husband as a God, but she is well aware that his place is no different from hers.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha was Bhumi Pednekar’s first appearance in cinema. From what we’ve learned since, Bhumi chose to put on weight for her role and shed those pounds later. While we’ve heard such stories about actors shaping their bodies for the role before, we’ve hardly heard a newcomer do this. This act in itself speaks volumes about Bhumi’s devotion to Sandhya and how she accepted her as she is.
The actor famously made the statement that she gained 30kg before the film and lost 35kg in the span of four months after the film ended. She famously said that whenever she tried to gain weight, she would wake up to a butter chicken breakfast. “I am in love with the film and have seen it countless times! There was no doubt about the role, I was paid to do two things I love, food and acting!” Bhumi had said at the time.
About her weight loss and healthy lifestyle, the actor told Vogue: “I have lost more than 35 kg after gaining 30 kg for a movie. Since then it has been a constant process of improvement, but I have not done it by myself I work really hard; it’s become an active part of my routine. I like to mix it up — pilates, running, strength and weight training,” she said.
“My weight never got in my way of happiness. I’m talking about it openly because people need to know it’s a wrong approach to life,” the actor said.
Bhumi shared the screen space with Ayushmann in this film and although this was before he became the next big thing in Bollywood, he was still a formidable co-actor. His work in Vicky Donor had made him the Bollywood resident boy from Delhi and it was not easy for a newcomer to command the attention while standing next to him. Not only that, she had to stand her ground alongside veteran actors like Seema Pahwa, Alka Amin, Sheeba Chaddha and Sanjay Mishra and she did so with utmost comfort.
The scene where Sandhya has an altercation with Sheeba’s character about the expiration date of food items, her sharp comebacks sparkle. Her casual approach to her mother’s exaggerated concern will make you laugh. And her attempt to make Prem and Sandhya fall in love makes you support for them.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha released in 2015 and since then Bhumi has appeared in such films as Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Lust Stories, Sonchiriya, Saand Ki Aankh, Bala, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, and while her work has shown promise throughout, her debut has a stamp that will shine for years to come.