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Bhumi Pednekar mopped floors, cooked to prepare for her role in Lust Stories

The actress put in the hard yards to get into the skin of her character.

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Actress Bhumi Pednekar has received appreciation for her role in Zoya Akhtar's short in the Lust Stories anthology.

Lust Stories has received rave reviews. The film was released exclusively on online streaming platform, Netflix.  

The Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) actress plays the role of a househelp who has a physical relationship with her employer, Ajit (Neil Bhoopalam).

Pednekar has barely 203 words in the film, but all through her performance, she communicates with her intense expressions.

“Initially, I was nervous as I had to communicate only through my expressions. But the challenge of it attracted me to the film. Also, Zoya was clear about what she wanted," Pednekar told the tabloid, Mid-day.

The actress put in the hard yards to get into the skin of her character.

Speaking about her preparation, Pednekar says, “I prepped with Atul Mongia [casting director] for almost 10 days, during which I was living how a Mumbai househelp would live. I would mop the floor, cook and make tea. These minute things helped me get into the skin of the character.” In her career so far, Pednekar has played a small-town girl in all her films. Lust Stories is set in the city of Mumbai.

Pednekar will be seen next in Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiriya.