Bhumi Pednekar
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Bhumi: I love to wear Indian attire & I even sport bindis


Mumbai, Dec. 12 -- What's common between Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurrana? For starters, they have starred opposite each other in Dum Laga Ke Haisha (DLKH; 2015) and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. 
But apart from that, they have something else in common too. In both the hit films, veteran actor Seema Pahwa played Bhumi's mother and Ayushmann's mother-in-law. 
In fact, Bhumi feels working with Pahwa has "helped her a lot" in her initial years of acting. 
"Yes, I was lucky that before DLKH, Seema Pahwa ma'am trained me. I spent two-and-a half months with her and I think that really changed my life because she is phenomenal. If you see her performances in DLKH and even Bareilly Ki Barfi, they are completely different. It's not as if I am comparing myself to her but my knowledge [of acting nuances] comes from her," says the actor.
Interestingly, the Toilet: Ek Prem Katha actor feels one of the reasons she got an opportunity [as an actor] from film-maker Aditya Chopra's production house is because "Adi sir had heard my cues (to actors at the time of auditions) for two years (laughs)." For the uninitiated, Bhumi worked as an assistant casting director at the production house before making her debut as an actor.
Although, till date, Bhumi has played girl-next-door parts in all her films, she won't indulge in skin show on screen "just for the sake of it". 
She says: "I think those days are gone when there used to be needless skin show. Personally, in real life, if I am travelling with my friends, I even wear a bikini. At the same time, I also love to wear Indian attire and I even sport bindis. I feel every modern-day girl is like that," she says.