Bhumi Pednekar was auditioning other girls for her role in Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Bhumi Pednekar was an assistant to Yash Raj Films’ casting director Shanoo Sharma when she was simultaneously auditioning for Dum Laga Ke Haisha. In an interview, Bhumi has said that she often wondered whether she was being unfair to the girls whom she was auditioning for a part she was auditioning for. Dum Laga Ke Haisha was Bhumi’s debut in Bollywood and earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Debut (Female).

Acting was not on her mind at first, she says. “Honestly, I never had that thought about it. I was dedicated to my job and I am a very honest person and take a lot of pride in saying that. I was so dedicated to what I was doing that there wasn’t once that I thought, ‘Oh, I can do that better’. But what I was doing simultaneously, while conducting those auditions, was that I was playing those parts, sometimes I was a 6-year-old child or an aged woman trying to extract a performance out of them,” she told a leading daily.

Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi Pednekar

“So, everything was prep for me but the most weird time was when I was auditioning girls for Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Because I was being auditioned simultaneously, I thought that I was being unfair to these girls in any way because we have an equal opportunity. I remember going up to Shanoo and saying – I feel like maybe unknowingly I am not being fair to them. We auditioned 200-250 girls for the part and I didn’t get the part so easy,” she added.

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