Mrunal Thakur

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Mrunal Thakur
Mrunal Thakur during promotion of Super 30.jpg
Thakur at a promotional event for Super 30 in 2019
Born
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
NationalityIndian
EducationTYBMM (Journalism)
OccupationActress
Years active2012–present
Known forKumkum Bhagya
Super 30
Batla House

Mrunal Thakur is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood, Marathi movies and Indian soap operas. She is known for her role as Bulbul in Kumkum Bhagya. She has played the lead role in Tabrez Noorani and David Womark's 2018 film Love Sonia. In 2019, Thakur ventured into Hindi cinema by featuring in the biographical drama Super 30 and the action thriller Batla House, both of which were highly successful.

Early life[edit]

She was born in a Thakur Hindu family. She has two siblings, an elder sister Lochan and a younger brother. She completed Bachelors in Mass Media (Journalism) from K. C. College.[1]

Career[edit]

Television (2012–2016)[edit]

While attending the college, Thakur signed to portray Gauri Bhosle, the main female lead opposite Mohit Sehgal, in the Star Plus series Mujhse Kuchh Kehti... Hai Khamoshiyaan. The show aired from 2012–13. Later in 2013, Thakur appeared in a episodic appearance on the mystery thriller Har Yug Mein Aayega Ek – Arjun, in which she played a journalist named Sakshi Anand.

In February 2014, Thakur signed Zee TV's soap opera Kumkum Bhagya, for which she began shooting the following month. The show, co-starring Sriti Jha, Shabir Ahluwalia, Arjit Taneja, and Supriya Shukla, started airing on 15 April, and saw Thakur portray Bulbul Arora, a woman who along with her elder sister (played by Jha) helps their mother (played by Shukla) run a marriage hall. The film received positive reviews from critics in critical reception. Thakur quit the show in January 2016. She then performed dance in a special episode of &TV's SauBhagyalaxmi, and took a retirement from television.

Film career (2018–present)[edit]

In 2016, after quitting television, Thakur began filming for her first film—the international movie Love Sonia—which was completed by her in 2017. Release date of the film was pushed several times, and was finally released in September 2018. Thakur's role was that of Sonia, a village girl who brings to light the issue of global human trafficking. In preparation for the role, she stayed at a brothel near Kolkata to study the body language of prostitutes. Despite of high expectations, Love Sonia failed commercially, and received mixed reviews from critics. However, Thakur's role earned her positive reviews.

In 2019, Thakur made her Bollywood debut opposite Hrithik Roshan in Vikas Bahl and Anurag Kashyap's joint production Super 30, which was based on the mathematician Anand Kumar (portrayed by Roshan in the film) and his program Super 30. In the film, Thakur portrayed the real-life character of Ritu Rashmi, Kumar's love interest. Though several critics found her to be disappointed for her role, Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama mentioned her performance as "fantastic". Despite a mixed critical reception, Super 30 was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2019, earning over 1.5 billion (US$22 million) in India and 2.08 billion (US$30 million) worldwide.

Later that year, Thakur was cast opposite John Abraham in Nikkhil Advani's action thriller Batla House. It was based on the Batla House encounter case held in September 2008, and narrated the story of a police officer Sanjay Kumar (played by Abraham) who played a crucial role in the case. Thakur played Nandita Kumar, a journalist and Sanjay's wife. Her performance met with generally positive reviews from critics, and the film proved to be her second consecutive box office success, earning more than 1 billion (US$14 million) domestically.

Thakur will next appear in Baahubali: Before the Beginning, a Netflix spin-off of the Baahubali franchise, which completed principal photography in February 2019.[2][3]

Films[edit]

Marathi[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2014 Vitti Dandu Sandhya Ganesh Kadam Debut
Surajya Dr. Swapna Bhosle Santosh Manjrekar

Indo-American[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2018 Love Sonia Sonia Tabrez Hoorani

Hindi[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2019 Super 30 Ritu Rashmi (Supriya) Vikas Bahl Debut
Batla House Nandita Kumar Nikkhil Advani

Television[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Channel
2012–2013 Mujhse Kuchh Kehti...Yeh Khamoshiyaan Gauri Bhonsle Gaikwad Star Plus
2013 Har Yug Mein Ayega Ek Arjun Sakshi
2014–2016 Kumkum Bhagya[4] Bulbul Purab Khanna Zee TV
Box Cricket League[5] Herself Colors TV
2015 Nach Baliye 7 Herself Star Plus
2016 SauBhagyalaxmi Dance Performance & TV
Tuyul & Mba Yul Reborn Herself ANTV
2017 Nadin Tara

Web series[edit]

  • Baahubali:Before the Beginning

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mrunal Thakur [ Hot ] Wiki, Age, Boyfriend, Marriage, Parents, Family". Marathi.TV. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  2. ^ Nahaar, Rohan (11 November 2018). "Mrunal Thakur, Rahul Bose announced as leads of Netflix's Baahubali prequel series, more details teased". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Baahubali web series on Netflix may release before its planned date". In.com. Web18. 22 February 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  4. ^ Mrunal Thakur to be a part of Kumkum Bhagya. Indianexpress.com. Retrieved on 27 May 2015.
  5. ^ "200 Actors, 10 Teams, and 1 Winner... Let The Game Begin". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 March 2016.

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