When you watch an Anubhav Sinha film, you know he’ll bring up significant issues that you may have avoided. His films have borne testament to this, and I am always pleased when an Anubhav picture is set to be released. Sinha has always pushed the edge with his storylines, whether it was Thappad, Mulk, or Article 15, and he is going to do so again with Bheed. Bhushan Kumar will co-produce his upcoming social drama starring Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao, which will be directed by the filmmaker.
Talking about casting Bhumi for the film, Sinha said: “Bhumi was the perfect choice for a film of this nature. She is an assured actress and a woman with a mind of her own. That’s the quality this character needs to have. I couldn’t have asked for a better cast. These are performers who not only shine every time they are on screen; they elevate the written word to create magic on screen. I am blessed to have the team I am working with. I couldn’t have asked for a better collaborator than Bhushan Kumar who is immensely supportive at every step along the way. He is the kind of visionary who believes in the diversity of cinema and choose to tell stories that are gutsy and off the beaten path.”
The actress shared that she is privileged to be a part of Sinha’s film. “Being part of an Anubhav Sinha film is a matter of great honour and privilege. He shares my value system in believing that movies have the power to shift mindsets. As artists, the responsibility of telling such stories lies with us. The same goes for Bhushan Kumar who allows his writers, directors and actors to be gutsy, giving them the confidence like being the inspired producer he is. This is a crackling subject and I can’t wait to get on to the journey of this film.”
After Badhaai Do, this will be the second time Raj and Bhumi will be seen together.