Born July 18, 1989 in Mumbai, Bhumi Pednekar is an Indian actress who appears predominantly in Hindi films. She is of Marathi and Haryani descent with her father, Satish, being a former home and labour minister of Maharashtra, and her mother, Sumitra being an anti-tobacco activist after the death of her husband from oral cancer. Pednekar went to school at Arya Vidya Mandir in Juhu throughout most of her childhood. At the age of 15, her parents took a study loan for her to attend the acting school Whistling Woods International, however due to poor attendance, she got expelled soon after. Within a year and a half, she started working for Yash Raj Films as an assistant movie director, and was able to pay off the loan her parents took for her education. After six years of working for Yash Raj Films, she made her film debut as an overweight bride in the company’s romantic comedy Dum Laga Ke Haisha which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She soon rose to prominence by playing headstrong small-town women in several comedy-drama films such as, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Bala, as well as Pati Patni Aur Woh. She also won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the septuagenarian sharpshooter Chandrio tomar in Saand Ki Aankh, which was also her most recent film. Moreover, Pednekar began a campaign named Climate Warrior to raise awareness on environmental protection and global warming in 2019. She has also been vocal about issues like the pay gap in Bollywood and in 2020, she teamed with MTV India for their Nishedh campaign, which aims to create awareness about health issues, including reproductive health among the youth.
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