Actress Bhumi Pednekar, the brand new Yash Raj find, is the opposite of size zero.
In this, she is also the opposite of the traditional Yash Raj heroine who has always been impossibly beautiful, exquisitely dressed and (mostly) thin. Bhumi is none of these.
This is also why everybody is talking about her. Bhumi, a former Yash Raj Films staffer, filled in as heroine in several auditions to cast the male lead of new film Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Really, it was she being auditioned and the unsuspecting Bhumi found herself cast as the overweight Sandhya married to Prem, played by Ayushmann Khurrana, who is initially repulsed by his new bride.
Here’s why the repulsion – Sandhya, dressed in a colorful, kitschy wardrobe, is very definitely plus-sized. She’s a large girl, and it is precisely because she’s no reed-like Bollywood waif that Bhumi is important. She’s both a sign of the Bollywood that could be and a signpost to help it on its way to a destination where actresses are more than the sum of their faces, figures and their talent for dance.