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Mithila Palkar is an Indian actress known for her characters in the TV series Girl in the City and Netflix's Little Things. She rose to prominence in March 2016 with her version of the "cup song", inspired by Anna Kendrick's cup song from Pitch Perfect.[2] Titled Hi Chal Turu Turu, Mithila's cup song went viral on YouTube with more than 4 million views.[3]

Mithila Palkar
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Mithila Palkar at the ‘Femina Women Award 2017’ in Mumbai
Born1992/1993 (age 25–26)[1]
ResidenceDadar, Mumbai
EducationBachelor in Mass Media (2013)
OccupationActress, Singer, YouTuber
Years active2014–present

Mithila made her acting debut in the year 2014 through a short film Majha Honeymoon,[4] which was showcased in the 16th Mumbai Film Festival.[5] In Bollywood, her first film was Nikhil Advani's Katti Batti, in which she played the role of Imran Khan's sister. She also sang a song called "Maharashtra Desha"[6] in association with Bharatiya Digital Party (BhaDiPa) which was released on 1 May 2016 on YouTube, on the occasion of Maharashtra day.[7]

In February 2018, Forbes India named Mithila in their 30 Under 30 list of young achievers.[8][9]

Early lifeEdit

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.[10] Her sister holds a PhD in Neuroscience,[1] who lives in Los Angeles.[11] 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 do a Bachelors of Mass Media (BMM) at MMK College, Bandra after that to be involved with films and theatre.[12] After completing her graduation in the year 2013, Palkar gave her first audition to Quasar Padamsee of Quasar Theatre Productions (QTP). The audition didn't get her the role but Quasar gave her a backstage job which was to manage their Thespo theatre festival.[13] She has trained in Kathak and took a crash course in acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in Los Angeles.[12]


Palkar's first big break in the Indian film industry came in June 2014 after she returned to India, when she auditioned for the role of Imran Khan's sister in Katti Batti and got selected.[14] The film did not do well but she got noticed and got offers to act in advertisements of Maggi, Tata Tea and Zomato.[14][15][16] After a short period of time, 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.[17] She not only succeeded in that audition but also went on to do her first web series called Girl in the City[18][19] for Bindass and a number of YouTube videos for Pocket Aces, including a web series known as Little Things[20] with Dhruv Sehgal,[1][13] which achieved a lot of popularity and was also published as a book by Penguin Random House.[21][22] Netflix purchased the franchise of Little Things and its second season premiered on Netflix on 5 October 2018.[23] In June 2017, Palkar made her debut in Marathi cinema with the film Muramba, co-starring Amey Wagh.[24]

In 2018, Palkar was seen playing her first lead role in a Hindi film called Karwaan, co-starring Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Kriti Kharbanda. The film released on 3 August 2018.[25]

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.[26] She has completed shooting for a film about Taco Bell's Quesalupa (a crossover between a chalupa and a quesadilla that is filled with cheese) and her next project is going to be Tribhanga by Renuka Shahane.[27]



Year Title Role Director Language Notes
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 seriesEdit

Palkar has acted in the following television and web series:[28]

Year Title Role Studio
2016–Present Girl In The City Meera Sehgal Bindass
Little Things Kavya Kulkarni Netflix and Pocket Aces
2016 Official Chukyagiri Mili Arre
2018 Little Things (Season 2) Kavya Kulkarni Netflix


  1. ^ a b c Panicker, Anahita (8 September 2017). "Mithila Palkar, the girl from Dadar". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Mithila's cup-beat Marathi song 'Hichi Chal Turu Turu' goes viral. Here's what inspired the Dadar-based girl". DNA India.
  3. ^ "Viral hit: Meet the girl who sang the Cups song, in Marathi". Hindustan Times.
  4. ^ Myoho Films (19 January 2017), Majha Honeymoon | Short Film | Mithila Palkar, retrieved 21 April 2017
  5. ^ "Mithila Palkar: 'I tried to run away from acting'". Femina.
  6. ^ Bharatiya Digital Party (30 April 2016), Maharashtra Desha | Maharashtra Day Song | Mithila Palkar | Gandhaar, retrieved 21 April 2017
  7. ^ Parande, Shweta (2 May 2016). "Maharashtra Day Song 'Maharashtra Desha' by Mithila Palkar and Gandhaar highlights drought situation in the beautiful Indian state (Video)". Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Forbes India 30 Under 30: Young and fearless". Forbes India.
  9. ^ "Mithila Palkar: Viral sensation". Forbes India.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ Sharma, Deeksha (27 May 2019). "Offline With an Internet Star: Mithila Palkar on Films, Life, Chai". The Quint. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  12. ^ a b Shah, Manali (7 April 2016). "Viral hit: Meet the girl who sang the Cups song, in Marathi". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  13. ^ a b Dutta Choudhury, Sonya (26 February 2018). "What it takes to be an online star". Live Mint.
  14. ^ a b 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.
  15. ^ "New MAGGI Ad 2015". YouTube.
  16. ^ "Tata Tea's 'Choti Patti Badi Patti' ad". YouTube.
  17. ^ "FilterCopy - News Darshan". YouTube.
  18. ^ "Mithila Palkar talks about her web-series 'Girl in the City'". The Indian Express. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  19. ^ "Mithila Palkar starrer 'Girl in the City's finale to bring big surprises". The Times of India. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  20. ^ Borah, Prabalika M. (9 January 2017). "The little things of life". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Little Things, a web series, to be made into book". The Times of India.
  22. ^ "Penguin Random House India to publish Little Things, A Book Based On The Popular Web Series By Pocket Aces". Penguin Random House.
  23. ^ "Watch: Netflix releases trailer of Little Things 2; series premieres on October 5". India Today. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  24. ^ "America gets a taste of Muramba". The Times of India. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  25. ^ "Irrfan Khan and Dulquer Salmaan starrer Karwan to release on June 1". Bollywood Hungama. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  26. ^ "Chopsticks Review: A Coming-of-age Story Set in Dharavi Makes for Quirky Adventure". News18. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  27. ^ "Mithila Palkar: Rising star". The New Indian Express. 3 June 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  28. ^ 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.

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