Mrunal Thakur

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Mrunal Thakur
Mrunal Thakur during promotion of Super 30.jpg
Thakur in 2019
Born (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 29)[1]
Alma materKishinchand Chellaram College[2]
OccupationActress, Dancer
Years active2012–present

Mrunal Thakur (born 1 August 1992) is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi and Marathi films and television shows. She made her acting debut in 2012 with the television soap opera Mujhse Kuchh Kehti...Yeh Khamoshiyaan, and went on to star in Kumkum Bhagya (2014–2016). Thakur made her film debut with the Marathi film Vitti Dandu (2014).

Thakur transitioned to Hindi films with the drama Love Sonia (2018), for which she received critical acclaim. She has since starred in Super 30 (2019), Batla House (2019), Dhamaka (2021), and Jersey (2022).

Early life[edit]

Mrunal Thakur was born on 1 August 1992 in Dhule, Maharashtra. She did her schooling at St. Joseph's Convent School, Jalgaon, and at Vasant Vihar High School, Mumbai.[3] Mrunal studied Mass Media from KC College.[4]

Career[edit]

Television career (2012–2016)[edit]

Thakur in 2012

While attending college, Thakur signed a lead role as Gauri Bhosle opposite Mohit Sehgal in the Star Plus series Mujhse Kuchh Kehti...Yeh Khamoshiyaan. The show aired from 2012 to 2013. Later in 2013, Thakur appeared in an episodic appearance on the mystery thriller Har Yug Mein Aayega Ek – Arjun, in which she played a journalist named Sakshi Anand.[5]

In February 2014, Thakur signed Zee TV's soap opera Kumkum Bhagya, for which she began shooting the following month.[6] 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 show received positive reviews from critics in critical reception. Thakur quit the show in January 2016.

Mrunal appeared as a Contestant on Box Cricket League 1 in 2014 and Nach Baliye 7 in 2015. In 2016, She performed dance in a special episode of &TV's SauBhagyalaxmi[7] and had a Guest appearance in Tuyul & Mbak Yul Reborn. Her final appearance on TV was with the Indonesian serial Nadin, where she was she as Tara, after which she took a retirement from television.

Film career (2018–present)[edit]

Thakur made her film debut with the Marathi film, Vitti Dandu, which released in 2014. She was seen as Sandhya. Her next Marathi film was Surajya, where she was seen as Dr. Swapna.

In 2012, Thakur began work on the international film Love Sonia, for which she stayed at Kolkata. The film was released in September 2018 after various delays and featured her in the titular role of a village girl who brings to light issue of global human trafficking. For preparation, Thakur stayed at a brothel to study the body language of prostitutes.[8] It marked her first Hindi project.

Thakur's Bollywood debut came in 2019 with Vikas Bahl's biographical movie Super 30, narrating the story of mathematician Anand Kumar (played by Hrithik Roshan in the film) and his educational program of the same name, in which she portrayed Kumar's love interest, a classical dancer Supriya.[9] In the same year, she played John Abraham's wife Nandita in Nikkhil Advani's Batla House, based on the 2008 Batla House encounter case. While Batla House grossed over 1.11 billion (US$15 million) worldwide, Super 30 had a global collection of 2.08 billion (US$27 million) worldwide, and both of them were commercially successful.[10]

Thakur promoting Love Sonia in 2018

In 2020 Thakur appeared in a Netflix venture, the four-part anthology horror film Ghost Stories as Ira in the Segment: Karan Johar's segment.[11] The same year she appeared in a music video 'Gallan Goriya', alongside John Abraham.

In 2021, Thakur has starred in the sports drama, Toofaan,[12] directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and co-starring Farhan Akhtar, which premiered on 16 July 2021 on Amazon Prime Video.[13] In addition, she starred in the action thriller Dhamaka, directed by Ram Madhvani and co-starring Kartik Aaryan and Amruta Subhash, which released on Netflix on 19 November 2021.[14] She also appeared in two music videos in the year 2021, 'Bad Boy x Bad Girl' with Badshah and 'Aise Na Chhoro' with Guru Randhawa.

Thakur's first film of 2022, Jersey, a remake of the 2019 Telugu film of the same name, co-starring Shahid Kapoor, released on 22 April 2022 and received mostly positive to mixed reviews from critics. However upon its release the film turned out to be a major failure at box office. [15]

Upcoming films

Thakur will appear opposite Abhimanyu Dassani and Paresh Rawal in the multi-starrer comedy Aankh Micholi, which is slated for release on 13 May 2022.[16] Following this, she will portray the female lead opposite Ishaan Khatter in the war action film Pippa.[17] She will also star opposite Aditya Roy Kapur in the Hindi remake of the 2019 Tamil film Thadam, where she will be seen playing a police officer. The movie is directed by Vardhan Ketkar and produced by Bhushan Kumar's T-Series and Murad Khetani’s Cine1 Studios.[18][19] Thakur will make her Telugu film debut opposite Dulquer Salmaan in Hanu Raghavapudi's Sita Ramam.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
  • All films are in Hindi unless otherwise noted.
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Vitti Dandu Sandhya Meenakshini Marathi film [21]
Surajya Dr. Swapna Bhosle Marathi film [22]
2018 Love Sonia Sonia Singhania [23]
2019 Super 30 Supriya Kumar Singh Narula [24]
Batla House Nandita Kumar [25]
2020 Ghost Stories Irawati "Ira" Kapoor Karan Johar's Segment [11]
2021 Toofaan Dr. Ananya Prabhu Ali [26]
Dhamaka Saumya Mehra Pathak [27]
2022 Jersey Vidya Rao Talwar [28]
Aankh Micholi dagger TBA [29]
Pippa Films that have not yet released Radha [30]
Sita Ramamdagger Sita Mahalakshmi Telugu film [31]
Gumraah Films that have not yet released TBA [32]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012–2013 Mujhse Kuchh Kehti...Yeh Khamoshiyaan Gauri Bhonsle [5]
2013 Har Yug Mein Ayega Ek Arjun Sakshi Anand
2014–2016 Kumkum Bhagya Bulbul Arora Khanna [6]
2014 Box Cricket League 1 Contestant Team: Mumbai Warriors [33]
2015 Nach Baliye 7 8th place [34]
2016 Saubhagyalaxmi Herself Guest appearance [7]
Tuyul & Mbak Yul Reborn [35]
2017 Nadin Tara Special appearance [36]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Singer(s) Ref.
2020 Gallan Goriya Dhvani Bhanushali, Taz [37]
2021 Bad Boy x Bad Girl Nikhita Gandhi, Badshah [38]
Aise Na Chhoro Guru Randhawa [39]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2018 London Indian Film Festival Best Newcomer Award Love Sonia Won [40]
2019 Gold Awards Rising Star From Indian Television to Film N/A Won [41]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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