Three-film old Bhumi Pednekar is perhaps one of the most promising actors from the current generation. The actress will next be seen in Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiriya. The film is about to hit the screens in March and Bhumi has now revealed how challenging the preparations for the film were. “For Sonchiriya, yes I’ve been we have been called a perfectionist but I think everybody I was working with on the film was equally perfection crazy starting with my director Abhishek Chaubey – he in my very first meeting had told me that Bhumi the only way you will survive the film and the shoot is that you have to mentally and physically become so strong that you can survive the terrain and everything that is happening in the film. And he just didn’t mean emotionally but also physically because there is a lot of action, there is a lot of running around – for that he trained us really well – starting from the language that we are speaking which is Bundelkhandi,” Bhumi said.
“The physicality of my character concerned Chaubey the most! He really went to the details of it and he literally told me that the women of Chambal are carb eating women. They are muscular but they are lean and they are fit because the amount of work they do through the day – they walk kilometers, go get water, they have to pick up 8-10 litres of water on their head with a child in their arm and walk back. Every time they want to go to the bathroom they have to walk. Through the day they are working at home or at the fields. They don’t really have any rest and I planned my workout around what he told me,” she added.
Bhumi’s work out regime is the highlight of her prep for Sonchiriya. “So, my trainer Neelam (pilates instructor) and I, we came out with a regime where everything was around the kind of activities my character would do through the day. It was a like a month and a half before we started shooting. So, I would walk around with 5-6 litres of water on my head in Aaram Nagar for kilomters and kilometers without any shoes because we were trying to also get rough and tough. But then your body gets used to it. I remember I would carry 10-15 kg of a wheat sack on my back and again walk and run through Aaram Nagar because there is a lot of running in the film. I would grind like a kg of wheat/aata everyday and it looks very easy but it is so tough and very difficult. We included a few things that helped me get the physique and even my diet from a person who has gone off carbs and dairy,” she concludes.
Now that is some hardcore training for a character, we say! Sonchiriya stars Sushant Singh Rajput opposite Bhumi Pednekar and is set to hit the screens on March 1.
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