Posted on October 14, 2019 at 9:36 am

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Saand Ki Aankh: Meet Bhumi Pednekar’s Haryanvi Teacher

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Bhumi Pednekar is one of the most exciting and talented young actors in Bollywood currently. The actress is all set to win our hearts once again with her next, Saand Ki Aankh.

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Bhumi is a committed performer who always gives her 200 percent in the films she chooses. Bhumi has also transformed herself and become the character she played in every film. For Dum Laga Ke Haisha, she put on lots of weight and made a bold debut as an overweight but self-assured young woman. In films like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Shubh Mangal Savdhan, Lust Stories and Son Chiriya too she transformed herself for the camera – bringing authenticity and genuineness on screen.

In Saand Ki Aankh, she plays the role of the world’s oldest sharpshooter Prakashi Tomar. She along with her sister Chandro (played by Taapsee Pannu), are the oldest women sharpshooters in the world. Her character hails from Haryana and Bhumi wanted to get the Haryanvi accent bang on. Thankfully, she had help at her home!

Says Bhumi,

“I like to go as authentic as possible to make people forget that they are watching me on screen. I want them to emotionally invest in the character that I’m playing. For Saand Ki Aankh I wanted to nail the Haryanvi accent and I took my mother’s (her name is Sumitra and she is a Haryanvi) help during filming and dubbing to bring out the authentic accent. It was a very important process for me and I’m blessed that I had my mother with me all along guiding me, coaching me.”

An informer from the set reveals,

“Bhumi had travelled to the sets with her mother and she used to do diction practice every night with her. Bhumi read out the lines of the next day’s shoot with her mother and she corrected her. It is because of her mother that Bhumi has delivered a knock out performance and her accent is being hugely appreciated. Before the shooting of the film began, Bhumi trained in Haryanvi with her mother non-stop for at least two months. It has been a serious creative process to ace the role.”

Bhumi says,

“What I have done with the character of Chandro dadi is a tribute to dadi, my nani and my mom. I have picked up aspects from these Fantastic women in my life to portray dadi. My mom is from Haryana and knows the culture. To bring in as much authenticity to the part as possible, my mom was my secret weapon. Right from helping me with the language to body language. Spending 2 months filming with me, helping me understand Chandro dadi the way I did, just being my pillar of strength and guiding force through this beautiful experience. My maa made the whole Saand Ki Aankh journey even more memorable for me. To be able to work like this with her has probably happened after school and I loved it. I couldn’t have done it without her.“

On the work front, Bhumi Pednekar has a number of other projects in her kitty besides Saand Ki Aankh. The actress will feature in Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare alongside Konkana Sen Sharma, Bala co-starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Pati, Patni Aur Woh with Kartik Aaryan and Ananya Panday and Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship also featuring Vicky Kaushal.