Bhumi Pednekar opens up on her next, Bala

My character in Bala deals with the colour bias that exists in our society: Bhumi Pednekar

Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar’s upcoming flick ‘Bala’ has already been receptive to a lot of media controversy and attention. The major reason for that is the uncanny similarity between Bala and Sunny Singh’s Ujda Chaman that hit screens on 1st November 2019. While Ujda Chaman is already there for the public to see, Bala is all set to hit the screens on 8th November. Ayushmann Khurrana battles the taboo of premature balding in the movie and Bhumi battles a huge societal stereotype because she is dark-skinned. To reveal more details about her role, Bhumi was quoted as saying –

“I realised from my first film that the kind of cinema I really like being a part of, has to be entertaining. It has to be fun, quirky, it really needs to take my audience through a journey full of emotions, but at the same time it needs to leave them with a thought, and this is the precise reason why I selected Bala. My character in Bala deals with the colour bias that exists in our country.

She further adds, “My character is a dark-skinned but extremely beautiful girl. She is very confident, she is everything, she is perfect. But people around make her feel like she is just not complete because of the lack of awareness that our country has. Just the obsession with fair-skinned people – I mean if you look around you will see advertisements of fairness creams, if you look at matrimonial ads – there is a constant need for a fair girl, they need a girl who is thin, tall and obviously fair. As a society, we have set such wrong benchmarks, these incorrect moulds about the perfect definition of beauty. And I have personally taken it upon myself to break the definition of beauty because beauty is very subjective. It is very unique to each person. God has made each of us differently and we need to accept ourselves. And that is what Bala is about. The movie is about self-respect and self-love and when i read the script, there was something that instinctively connected with me.”

To reveal more on her character sketch, she adds,

”My character Latika is an orphan and lives with her aunt. Her aunt is a very open-minded person but I think Latika is just a confident girl who always has her defenses up. She is a lawyer. The reason she is like this is because ever since she was a child, people teased her for her skin color and she has been called names and humiliated her by saying really derogatory things. I think that is why she has taken it upon herself in the film to kind of set things straight in this really flawed society. The whole idea of ugly being associated with the word dark is something the film will try and demolish.”

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