To Bhumia Pednekar, Toilet – Ek Prem Katha is a sort of relaunch vehicle. Bhumi, the star of 2015’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha, has been away from the screens for over two years, and has two films coming up for release. Besides Toilet —Ek Prem Katha (TEPK), she also has RS Prasanna’s Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan, the Hindi remake of Kalyana Samayal Saadham. i
In an interview to DNA, she said, “Toilet — Ek Prem Katha is my relaunch. I am stepping away from a role that people strongly associate me with. My role in Dum Laga Ke Haisha had a big impact on people. I can’t speak much about the character I play, but she does many revolutionary things — it’s a revoulutionary film. There’s a lovely innocent love story, too. And my character is strong. Also, it gave me the chance to work with Akshay Sir, Neeraj Sir and my director (Shree Narayan Singh). The film conveys a strong message. I believe in doing films that do not necessarily have a message or are preachy, but are impactful.”
When asked about working with Akshay, she said, “I was more nervous about starting my next film. It was a positive nervous energy as a performer, as an actor. Akshay is so amazing, professional and inspiring. By just being around him you get to learn a lot. He has achieved so much, yet is grounded, punctual and passionate about his craft. Even at this stage he puts so many hours and poures his heart and soul into it. He is as excited about his work as he must have been 25 years ago!”
“I think I have become more confident. The more you work and gain experience, the more your craft is polished. Right now, I am critical of my work,” she added.