‘Bala’ is the third film of Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar together and like their previous two-hit outings ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ and ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan’, it seems they are set to score a hattrick of hits with the phenomenal start that ‘Bala’ has taken at the box office.
Bhumi says, “I’m just an actor prepared to challenge myself at every given opportunity. When I read the script of Bala, I was blown over by the fact that my character is the voice of reason for the protagonist, a catalyst for change and I immediately connected with the social message that our film was trying to give to audiences.”
Bhumi reveals that she doesn’t agree with people who keep telling her that playing a dark-skinned character was a brave decision on her part. She says, “Everyone has been telling me that I have been brave to play this role but I have been telling them that I see myself as an artist, someone who wants to shed herself and become a character in the film because that’s what is important. I can’t always be thinking about how I’m looking on screen because I will do a disservice to the vision of the film and the character I have willingly chosen to do.”
She says, “I’m delighted that my character is getting so much love and adulation and is being praised for standing her ground in a stereotyped society, becoming a mirror to prejudices and telling everyone that self-respect and self-love is all that should matter.”