Actress Bhumi Pednekar has always been an environmentally conscious citizen who has taken it upon herself to raise awareness about climate conservation. She has also launched her own online and offline initiative called Climate Warrior. Now, she has taken an opportunity to also mention her industry, which has also come forward to raise awareness about climate conservation and zero-waste.
On World Environment Day last year, Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, etc came forward for Bhumi’s ‘One Wish For The Earth’ initiative and urged everyone to plant more trees and do their bit to take care of their environment. Last Diwali, Bhumi wished her industry by sending her colleagues saplings that they could plant in their homes.
Bhumi says that it is not just her fraternity coming forward to support her initiative, but that the entire mindset of people in the industry has also shifted for the better.
My last three films, the sets were plastic-free. There was no use of single-use plastic. The crew were using steel water bottles. These are very productive steps, because the kind of garbage that is like – that comes out of a film set is large. And this is a conversation that I have with most of my film teams.
Another thing that I talk to the team with is about wastage of food and the industry is doing whatever it can to ensure this doesn’t happen on sets. Like, for example, on Durgamati, because that was my last project that I shot for before the pandemic, all the excess food was distributed in a very hygienic way to people who are less fortunate. There were extra meals cooked on set that we could distribute to people. It was a completely pet bottle-free set. So, these are the productive changes that we have to bring about.
This sure is a great step in the right direction, don’t you guys think? Kudos to you, Bhumi!
On the work front, Bhumi will next be seen in the film Badhaai Do opposite Rajkummar Rao, which is a follow-up film to Badhaai Ho. She is currently shooting for the film in Dehradun.