‘When a film like ‘Badhaai Do’ is acknowledged on a platform like Filmfare, it motivates you as an artist to stand by stories you believe in,’ Bhumi Pednekar said
At the 68th Hyundai Filmfare Awards 2023, Bhumi Pednekar is up for two awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) and Best Actress Critics’. Both of these nominations are for her performance in Badhaai Do. She ranks among the best Bollywood actresses of all time. Neena Gupta (Gangubai Kathiawadi), Alia Bhatt (Salaam Venky), Kajol (Salaam Venky), and Tabu (Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2) are among the other nominated actresses. Bhumi, who can not contain her anticipation for the big night, had a little chat with ETimes on “Badhaai Do,” her favorite Filmfare moments, and much more. Excerpts:
The film “Badhaai Do” has been nominated for 14 Filmfare Awards 2023 categories, while you have been nominated in two. If so, how do you feel?
I couldn’t be happier; ‘Badhaai Do’ is a very remarkable film. The film’s discussion of the rights of the LGBTQ community makes it crucial for our time and future generations. The film was well-received upon its initial release, but being honored by Filmfare gives you a greater sense of validation and encourages you to keep telling the stories you believe in. Having the film’s technical team and everyone involved in its production recognized alongside the film’s message is a source of great pride for me.
Winning the Best Debut award for ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ marked the beginning of your career with Filmfare. More than seven years have passed. In what way do you see it?This would be my fourth nomination for a Filmfare award, and I am overwhelmed with appreciation. ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ earned me the title of ‘Best Actress Critics’ Choice’ as well as ‘Best Debut,’ so that’s a total of three awards for me. The nomination itself is an honor, and of course I hope to win this time as well. The goal is to honor the creative process of filmmaking, regardless of who comes out on top.