Bhumi Pednekar (born 18 July 1989) is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi films. After working as an assistant casting director at Yash Raj Films for six years, she made her film debut as an overweight bride in the company’s romantic comedy Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

Pednekar rose to prominence by playing headstrong small-town women in the comedy-dramas Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017), Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), Bala (2019) and Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019).  For her portrayal of the septuagenarian sharpshooter Chandro Tomar in Saand Ki Aankh (2019), she won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.

Early life

Pednekar was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) on 18 July 1989.  She is of Konkani and Haryanvi descent; her father, Satish, was a former home and labour minister of Maharashtra, and her mother, Sumitra, worked as an anti-tobacco activist after the death of her husband from oral cancer. She did her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Juhu. At the age of 15, her parents took out a study loan for her to study acting at Whistling Woods International, but she was expelled due to poor attendance. Within a year and a half, she joined Yash Raj Films as an assistant film director, and paid off the loan.  She went on to work with the company for six years under Shanoo Sharma.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Dum Laga Ke Haisha Sandhya Verma
2017 Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Jaya Joshi
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Sugandha Joshi
2018 Lust Stories Sudha Maheshwari Zoya Akhtar’s segment
2019 Sonchiriya Indumati Tomar
Saand Ki Aankh Chandro Dadi
Bala Latika
Pati Patni Aur Woh Vedika
2020 Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Devika Bhatt Cameo appearance
Bhoot Sapna Prakashan Cameo appearance
Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare Kajal “Kitty” Yadav
Durgamati IAS Chanchal Singh Chauhan/Durgamati
2022 Badhaai Do Suman “Sumi” Singh
Govinda Naam Meradagger TBA Post-production
Raksha Bandhandagger TBA Post-production
Bheed dagger TBA Post-production
Bhakshak dagger TBA Post-production
2023 The Lady Killer dagger TBA Filming

Awards and nominations

Bhumi Pednekar awards and nominations
Totals
Wins 10
Nominations 8

Note
Year Film Award Category Result Ref.
2016 Dum Laga Ke Haisha Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Won
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Female Debut Won
Screen Awards Best Female Debut Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Won
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Social Role – Female Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year – Female Won
2017 Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Zee Cine Awards Best Actor – Female (Viewer’s Choice) Nominated
Best Actor – Female (Jury’s Choice) Nominated
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Screen Awards Best Actor Nominated
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Nominated
News18 Reel Movie Awards Best Actress Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated
2020 Bala Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Saand Ki Aankh Best Actor – Female (Jury’s Choice) Nominated
Screen Awards Best Actress (Critics) Won 
Filmfare Awards Best Actress (Critics) Won 
2021 Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare Nominated