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Bhumi Pednekar opens up on Badhaai Do's box office failure, says 'Film would wave done so much more if...'

The actress discussed what it meant to her to be a part of the movie as Bhumi Pednekar's Badhaai Do celebrated its one-year anniversary.

Bhumi Pednekar opens up on Badhaai Do's box office failure, says 'Film would wave done so much more if...'
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Last Updated: 05.33 AM, Feb 12, 2023

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In 2022, Bhumi Pednekar appeared in three different films, all of which were different from one another. While the actress played a different kind of part in the comedy-thriller Govinda Naam Mera starring Vicky Kaushal, Raksha Bandhan, starring Akshay Kumar, was a potent movie focused on the societal issue of dowry. But Rajkummar Rao's Badhaai Do was what really brought her fame. The movie addressed issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community with a narrative built on a lavender marriage. The movie was ideal for Bhumi since she enjoys getting involved in endeavours that have a bigger picture at their core.

The actress stated to Mid-Day why Badhaai Do has a particular place in her heart during an interview. She stated, “I have family and friends belonging to the LGBTQiA+ community. While I have been a part of their journey, at times, I have found myself helpless. I didn’t know how to share their pain, love and grief. That’s when Badhaai Do happened. I’m fortunate to have found a script, which enabled me to voice a cause that is close to my heart."

Bhumi Pednekar commented on the movie's dismal box office performance despite universal acclaim as it neared completion a year after its premiere. She quipped, “The film trended worldwide when it was released on OTT, and got so much acclaim. This means that the audiences are accepting what it communicated. People are more aware, and [want to make] India a more inclusive place. I think Badhaai Do would have done so much more box-office-wise, if it had been released [after the pandemic]."

On the work front, Bhumi was most recently seen in the Vicky Kaushal and Kiara Advani movie Govinda Naam Mera. She will next appear in movies like Mudassar Aziz's Mere Husband Ki Biwi, Ajay Bahl's The Ladykiller, Sudhir Mishra's Afwaa, Gauri Khan's Bhakshak.