In a departure from her girl-next-door townie girl roles, Bhumi Pednekar plays a villager Indumati Tomar in Sonchiriya. The Abhishek Chaubey directorial stars Bhumi as a downcast woman of the Thakur community, who is also a victim of patriarchy. Indu kills her father-in-law after he rapes a girl child, and elopes to save the kid’s life. Her character in ways more than one exposes the shackles holding the Indian society back. A strong and independent Mumbai girl that she is, Bhumi had to lock herself away to get under the skin of Indumati.
Speaking about her preparation for the role, Bhumi told a leading tabloid, “I isolated myself from the world for 45 days to understand the character. Acting is a process of metamorphosis; it’s about forgetting who one is and becoming someone else. For Sonchiriya, I needed isolation to do so. I cut off from the world to understand the psyche and behaviour of the person I was becoming.” Her interaction was limited to family members only.
“I had to unlearn a lot to learn about her. I had little content to use as reference, and built on the material that I got from the script. I stayed at home, researched, and limited human interaction till I boarded my flight to Chambal,” added the Toilet: Ek Prem Katha actress.
Bhumi told a leading news portal what she loves the most about her character Indu is that she is unaware of her own pros. The portal quoted Bhumi as saying in their report, “The first time I heard the script, I was honestly shattered. You have these characters on their journey to find their own truth and through the narrative, Abhishek (Chaubey) sir has commented on so many things that are still very relevant and prevalent in our society. I will speak more about the patriarchy. What I love the most about my character is that this girl does not know she has opinions or she has any strength, but she is pushed to a deep corner where her natural instincts kick in.”
Sonchiriya is a film set in the 1970s India, based against the background of Chambal. The dacoit drama is unlike any you have seen before, also starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Manoj Bajpayee and others in the lead.
Love Bhumi Pednekar? Don’t forget to watch her romantic comedy film Shubh Mangal Saavdhan opposite Ayushmann Khurrana, now streaming on ZEE5.