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 (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 28)[1]
Alma materKishinchand Chellaram College[2]
OccupationActress
Years active2012–present

Mrunal Thakur (born 1 August 1992) is an Indian film and television actress who predominantly appears in Hindi and Marathi films. Her early screen appearances were starring roles in the television soap opera as Bulbul Arora in Kumkum Bhagya (2014–2016) and Sonia in the drama film Love Sonia (2018). In 2019, Thakur featured in the biographical drama Super 30 and the action thriller Batla House.

Career[edit]

Television (2012–2016)[edit]

While attending college, Thakur signed a lead role as Gauri Bhosle opposite Manit Joura, in the Star Plus series Mujhse Kuchh Kehti... Hai Khamoshiyaan. The show aired from 2012–13. 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.[3]

In February 2014, Thakur signed Zee TV's soap opera Kumkum Bhagya, for which she began shooting the following month.[4] 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.[5]

Film career (2018–present)[edit]

In 2016, Thakur began work on the international film Love Sonia, which 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 near Kolkata to study the body language of prostitutes.[6] The film flopped at the box office.

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.[7] In the same year, she played John Abraham's wife in Nikkhil Advani's thriller Batla House, based on the 2008 Batla House encounter case. While Batla House grossed over 1.11 billion (US$16 million) worldwide, Super 30 impressed everybody with a global collection of 2.08 billion (US$29 million) worldwide, and both of them were highly successful, making 2019 a fully successful year for Thakur.[8]

Later in 2019, Thakur starred as the fictional character Sivagami in the web series Baahubali: Before The Beginning, a Netflix distribution and spin-off to the blockbuster Baahubali franchise.[9] She began the next decade and year 2020 with her second Netflix venture, the anthology horror film Ghost Stories, containing four segments.[10]

Upcoming films[edit]

Thakur has wrapped up shooting for the 2021 sports dramas Jersey opposite Shahid Kapoor and Toofan opposite Farhan Akhtar, and will soon begin shooting with Abhimanyu Dassani and Paresh Rawal for the multi-starrer comedy Aankh Micholi, post which she will portray the female lead opposite Ishaan Khatter in the war action film Pippa.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2014 Vitti Dandu Sandhya Marathi [12]
Surajya Dr. Swapna Bhosle [13]
2018 Love Sonia Sonia Hindi
English
[14]
2019 Super 30 Supriya Singh Hindi [15]
Batla House Nandita Kumar [16]
2020 Ghost Stories Ira Sakhuja Netflix anthology film [10]
2021 Jerseydagger Sarah Raichand Completed [17]
Toofandagger Pooja Shah Filming [18]
Aankh Micholidagger Nidhi Gupta Announced [19]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Ref(s)
2012–2013 Mujhse Kuchh Kehti...Yeh Khamoshiyaan Gauri Bhonsle Gaikwad [3]
2013 Har Yug Mein Ayega Ek Arjun Sakshi
2014–2016 Kumkum Bhagya Bulbul Arora Khanna [4]
2014 Box Cricket League 1 Contestant [20]
2015 Nach Baliye 7 [21]
2016 SauBhagyalaxmi Dance Performance [5]
Tuyul & Mbak Yul Reborn Herself
2017 Nadin Tara [22]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Platform Ref.
2021 Baahubali: Before the Beginning Sivagami Netflix [23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2018 London Indian Film Festival Best Newcomer Award Love Sonia Won [24]
2019 Gold Awards Rising Star From Indian Television to Film N/A Won [25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Happy Birthday, Mrunal Thakur". India Today. 1 August 2018. Archived from the original on 21 July 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Recognition in film industry is not a thing of luck but of constant hard work: Mrunal Thakur". The Week. 10 December 2019. Archived from the original on 21 July 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Mrunal Thakur: new lead of Arjun". The Times of India. 23 March 2013. Archived from the original on 6 September 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Mrunal Thakur to be a part of Kumkum Bhagya". The Indian Express. 28 February 2014. Archived from the original on 11 August 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Kumkum Bhagya actress Mrunal Thakur to enter new show Saubhagyalakshmi". International Business Times. 11 January 2016. Archived from the original on 6 February 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Stars defend Love Sonia, a sex slavery film, after box office flop". CNBC TV18. 26 January 2019. Archived from the original on 12 October 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Flawed but powerful sex-trafficking drama". The Guardian. 25 January 2019. Archived from the original on 31 July 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  8. ^ "'Love Sonia': A familiar tale brutally told". Business Standard. 13 September 2018. Archived from the original on 13 September 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  9. ^ Nahaar, Rohan (11 November 2018). "Mrunal Thakur, Rahul Bose announced as leads of Netflix's Baahubali prequel series, more details teased". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 12 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Mrunal Thakur Talks About Dead Grandmas And Ghost Stories". Man's World. Archived from the original on 9 August 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Baahubali web series on Netflix may release before its planned date". In.com. Web18. 22 February 2019. Archived from the original on 5 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  12. ^ "I'm Excited About My 'Lavani' Performance in 'Viti-Dandu': Mrunal Thakur". Zee TV. November 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Surajya (Marathi) / Socially Relevant". The Indian Express. 25 April 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Mrunal Thakur : I had nervous breakdowns while filming 'Love Sonia'". The Times of India. 1 September 2018. Archived from the original on 2 September 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Mrunal Thakur on working with Hrithik Roshan in Super 30". India Today. 2 July 2019. Archived from the original on 21 June 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Mrunal Thakur on working with John Abraham for Batla House". Hindustan Times. 16 July 2019. Archived from the original on 22 June 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Mrunal Thakur Joins Shahid Kapoor in Jersey". CNN-News18. 19 November 2019. Archived from the original on 20 June 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Mrunal Thakur starts shooting for Farhan Akhtar starrer 'Toofan'". The Times of India. 11 October 2019. Archived from the original on 6 January 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Abhimanyu Dassani announces new film Aankh Micholi with Mrunal Thakur". India Today. 20 February 2020. Archived from the original on 26 February 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  20. ^ "Box Cricket League Recipe: Bigg Boss brand controversies, soap masala and a pinch of cricket". India Today. 15 March 2016. Archived from the original on 20 February 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  21. ^ "Meet the contestants of Nach Baliye 7". Rediff.com. 21 April 2015. Archived from the original on 7 October 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  22. ^ "Now Indonesia to get its own version of Naagin". India Today. 30 March 2017. Archived from the original on 12 October 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  23. ^ "Mrunal Thakur wraps up first season of Netflix's Baahubali Before The Beginning". India Today. 23 August 2019. Archived from the original on 23 August 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  24. ^ "London Indian Film Festival Awards 2018". London Indian Film Festival. Archived from the original on 3 June 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  25. ^ "Gold Awards 2019: Winners list". BizAsia. 11 October 2019. Archived from the original on 12 July 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.

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