Bhumi Pednekar
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Bollywood is my school: Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi Pednekar

By HT

Mumbai, March 2 -- About a year ago, she was busy auditioning actors. Little did she know then, that soon, she would be the one auditioning for a film.

Last week, 25-year-old Bhumi Pednekar made her acting debut opposite Ayushmann Khurrana. The film opened to rave reviews, and since then, she has been inundated with congratulatory messages.

From working as a casting assistant to making an acting debut - life sure has taken a 360 degree turn. In her first-ever interview, the naturally overwhelmed, and visibly nervous Bhumi lets her guard down as she talks about her new life.

How did it all start?

I have always had a flair for acting, maybe that's why I enjoyed casting so much. Then, one day, I was told that they are considering auditioning me. Initially, I went through a series of auditions where I wasn't told that I was being considered for the lead part. I found out only later. Then, at one point, Mr Sharat Katariya (director) was auditioning me, and I was auditioning other girls.

Has life changed completely?

It has been a life-changing experience. This is something that I wanted to do, but I didn't know if it would ever happen.

Would you prefer commercial or offbeat movies now?

I really don't know what will come my way... I hope good work does. But today, I don't think there's such a big difference (between commercial and offbeat cinema). I just want to work with talented people and learn from them. This (Bollywood) is my school.