Mithila Palkar at the ‘Femina Women Award 2017’ in Mumbai
|Born||1992/1993 (age 26–27)|
|Education||Bachelor in Mass Media (2013)|
|Occupation||Actress, Singer, YouTuber|
Palkar was born into a Marathi family. She initially lived in Vasai with her parents but she and her sister later moved to live in Dadar with her maternal grandparents due to inconveniences in travelling. She comes from a family with no actors, and her grandfather initially did not approve of her decision to act. Her sister holds a PhD in Neuroscience and lives in Los Angeles. Palkar first acted while in Class VII in an inter-school drama competition. She admits being a "nerd" but was always active in dramatics, dancing and singing during her school days at IES’s Modern English School, Dadar. She pursued science in higher secondary but chose to pursue a Bachelors of Mass Media (BMM) at MMK College, Bandra, after that to be involved with films and theatre. After graduating in 2013, Palkar gave her first audition to Quasar Padamsee of Quasar Theatre Productions (QTP). The audition did not get her the role but Quasar gave her a job backstage, managing their theatre festival, Thespo. Palkar has previously trained in Hindustani classical music (by the Marathi singer Varsha Bhave), in Kathak, and took a crash course in acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in Los Angeles.
Palkar returned to India and made her acting debut in the 2014 Marathi short film Majha Honeymoon, which was showcased at the 16th Mumbai International Film Festival. Her first success in the Indian film industry was in June 2014, when she successfully auditioned for the role of Imran Khan's sister in Katti Batti. The film did not do well but she was noticed and received opportunities to act in advertisements of Maggi, Tata Tea and Zomato.
Palkar grew popular overnight in March 2016 with her version of the "cup song", inspired by Anna Kendrick's cup song from Pitch Perfect. The video featured her performing the popular Marathi song Hi Chal Turu Turu (sung originally by Jaywant Kulkarni) in the cup song style. Mithila's cup song went viral on YouTube with more than 4 million views. She had previously attempted another version of the cup song, performing "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and receiving more than 22,000 views. She later sang a song called "Maharashtra Desha" in association with Bharatiya Digital Party (BhaDiPa), which was released on 1 May 2016 on YouTube on the occasion of Maharashtra Day.
Meanwhile, Dhruv Sehgal, who met Palkar at Thespo (QTP's annual theatre festival), asked her to audition for Filter Copy's new satire show on YouTube called News Darshan. She not only succeeded in that audition but also went on to do her first web series called Girl in the City in 2016 for Bindass and a number of YouTube videos for Pocket Aces. One of these is a web series called Little Things alongside Sehgal since 2017, which has achieved a lot of popularity and was also published as a book by Penguin Random House. Netflix purchased the franchise of Little Things in 2018 and its second season premiered on Netflix on 5 October 2018. The third season of Little Things premiered on 9 November 2019.
In 2017, she appeared in two plays, Tunni Ki Kahani (a children’s musical) and Aaj Rang Hai (a Hindustani musical) with the theatre group called Aarambh. Later that year, Palkar made her debut in Marathi cinema with the film Muramba, alongside Amey Wagh. 2018 saw Palkar playing her first lead role in a Hindi film called Karwaan, alongside Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Kriti Kharbanda. The film released on 3 August 2018.
In 2019, she acted in Chopsticks, a Netflix original film, directed by Sachin Yardi. In the film, she played role of an under-confident girl named Nirma (after the washing powder brand) whose life changes when she meets a con man, played by Abhay Deol. She later acted with Dhruv Sehgal in Taco Bell's digital campaign for their new product Quesalupa (a crossover between a chalupa and a quesadilla that is filled with cheese) titled #TheCheesyPull. Palkar's next project is the Netflix film Tribhanga, directed by Renuka Shahane and featuring Tanvi Azmi and Kajol. The film began shooting in October 2019.
|2014||Majha Honeymoon||Rujuta||Karan Asnani||Marathi||Short Film|
|2015||Katti Batti||Koyal Kabra||Nikheel Advani||Hindi||Debut Bollywood Film|
|2017||Muramba||Indu||Varun Narvekar||Marathi||Debut Marathi Film, Got her first filmfare for the role.|
|2018||Karwaan||Tanya||Akarsh Khurana||Hindi||Available on Amazon|
|2019||Chopsticks||Nirma||Sachin Yardi||Hindi||Netflix Film|
Television and web series
Palkar has acted in the following television and web series:
|2016–Present||Girl In The City||Meera Sehgal||Bindass|
|Little Things||Kavya Kulkarni||Netflix and Pocket Aces|
|2018||Little Things (Season 2)||Kavya Kulkarni||Netflix|
|2019||Little Things (Season 3)||Kavya Kulkarni||Netflix|
Awards and accolades
- Best Actress (Comedy) at iReel Awards 2019
- Most Popular Actress in a Web Series at MTV-IWMBuzz Digital Awards 2019
- Panicker, Anahita (8 September 2017). "Mithila Palkar, the girl from Dadar". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- Lad, Deven (17 March 2016). "Mithila's cup-beat Marathi song 'Hichi Chal Turu Turu' goes viral. Here's what inspired the Dadar-based girl". DNA India.
- Sawant, Nikita (26 October 2017). "Mithila Palkar: 'I tried to run away from acting'". Femina.
- "The story of Mithila Palkar's 'silent' relationship with her grandparents will leave you teary-eyed". The Indian Express. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- Sharma, Deeksha (27 May 2019). "Offline With an Internet Star: Mithila Palkar on Films, Life, Chai". The Quint. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
- Shah, Manali (7 April 2016). "Viral hit: Meet the girl who sang the Cups song, in Marathi". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- Dutta Choudhury, Sonya (26 February 2018). "What it takes to be an online star". Live Mint.
- Chatterjee, Suprateek (18 April 2016). "The Girl From That Viral Marathi 'Cups' Video Speaks About Her Upcoming Web Series". HuffPost India. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- "New MAGGI Ad 2015". YouTube.
- "Tata Tea's 'Choti Patti Badi Patti' ad". YouTube.
- Bharatiya Digital Party (30 April 2016), Maharashtra Desha | Maharashtra Day Song | Mithila Palkar | Gandhaar, retrieved 21 April 2017
- Parande, Shweta (2 May 2016). "Maharashtra Day Song 'Maharashtra Desha' by Mithila Palkar and Gandhaar highlights drought situation in the beautiful Indian state (Video)". India.com. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
- "FilterCopy - News Darshan". YouTube.
- "Mithila Palkar talks about her web-series 'Girl in the City'". The Indian Express. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- "Mithila Palkar starrer 'Girl in the City's finale to bring big surprises". The Times of India. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- Borah, Prabalika M. (9 January 2017). "The little things of life". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- "Little Things, a web series, to be made into book". The Times of India.
- "Penguin Random House India to publish Little Things, A Book Based On The Popular Web Series By Pocket Aces". Penguin Random House.
- "Watch: Netflix releases trailer of Little Things 2; series premieres on October 5". India Today. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- "Streaming Now: Dhruv and Kavya's Love Story Takes New Turns on Netflix's Little Things 3". News18. 9 November 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- "America gets a taste of Muramba". The Times of India. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- "Irrfan Khan and Dulquer Salmaan starrer Karwan to release on June 1". Bollywood Hungama. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
- Panchal, Salil; Gangal, Neeraj (5 February 2018). "Forbes India 30 Under 30: Young and fearless". Forbes India.
- Gangal, Neeraj (6 February 2018). "Mithila Palkar: Viral sensation". Forbes India.
- Sinha Jha, Priyanka (31 May 2019). "Chopsticks Review: A Coming-of-age Story Set in Dharavi Makes for Quirky Adventure". News18. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
- "Taco Bell introduces Quesalupa in India". ET BrandEquity. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- "Mithila Palkar: Rising star". The New Indian Express. 3 June 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- "Kajol starts shooting for her first Netflix film Tribhanga". India Today. 14 October 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- Jain, Ganesh (28 May 2019). "Chopsticks Web Series: Come along with an intriguing element with lots of twists and turns". Cine Talkers. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
- "iReel Awards 2019: Mithila Palkar Named Best Actress (Comedy) for Little Things 2". News18.com. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
- "Full List of Winners - MTV IWMBuzz Digital Awards 2019". IWMBuzz. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
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