Mithila Palkar (born 11 January 1993) is an Indian actress who predominantly works in Hindi films and television. Palkar is known for her characters in the television shows Girl in the City and Netflix's Little Things. She rose to prominence in March 2016 with her Marathi version of the "cup song".[1] She has received several awards including a Filmfare Award Marathi and two Filmfare OTT Awards.

Mithila Palkar
Palkar in 2023
Born (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 31)
Alma materMMK College
Occupations
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2014–present

Palkar made her debut in Marathi with Majha Honeymoon (2014), and later in Hindi with Katti Batti (2015).[2]

Early life

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Palkar was born on 11 January 1993 into a Marathi family.[3][4] 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 of daily commute. She comes from a family with no actors, and her grandfather initially did not approve of her decision to act.[5] Her sister holds a PhD in Neuroscience[6] and lives in Los Angeles.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] Palkar has previously trained in Hindustani classical music (by the Marathi singer Varsha Bhave),[1] in Kathak, and took a crash course in acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in Los Angeles.[8]

Career

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Palkar made her acting debut in the 2014 Marathi short film Majha Honeymoon, which was showcased at the 16th Mumbai International Film Festival.[2] 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.[10] The film did not do well

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[11][12] for Bindass and a number of YouTube videos for Pocket Aces. One of these is a web series called Little Things[13] alongside Sehgal since 2017,[6][9] which has achieved a lot of popularity and was also published as a book by Penguin Random House.[14][15] Netflix purchased the franchise of Little Things in 2018 and its second season premiered on Netflix on 5 October 2018.[16] The third season of Little Things premiered on 9 November 2019.[17] The fourth and final season of Little Things premiered on 15 October 2021.[18]

 
Palkar with Dulquer Salmaan in 2017

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.[2] Later that year, Palkar made her debut in Marathi cinema with the film Muramba, alongside Amey Wagh.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21] 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 was the Netflix film Tribhanga, directed by Renuka Shahane,[22] featuring Tanvi Azmi and Kajol. The film began shooting in October 2019.[23]

Other work and media image

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Palkar in 2017

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 6 million views.[8] 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.[1] She later sang a song called "Maharashtra Desha"[24] in association with Bharatiya Digital Party (BhaDiPa), which was released on 1 May 2016 on YouTube on the occasion of Maharashtra Day.[25]

Palkar has endorsed products such as Maggi,[26] Tata Tea[27] and Zomato.[10] Forbes India named Palkar in their Forbes 30 Under 30 list of young achievers in February 2018.[28][29][30]

Filmography

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Films

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Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2014 Majha Honeymoon Rujuta Marathi Short film
2015 Katti Batti Koyal Kabra Hindi
2017 Muramba Indu Marathi
2018 Karwaan Tanya Hindi [31]
2019 Chopsticks Nirma Sahastrabudhe
2020 A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting Babysitter from India English Cameo appearance; American film
2021 Tribhanga Masha Hindi [32]
2022 Ori Devuda Anu Paulraj Telugu [33]

Television

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Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2016–2021 Girl in the City Meera Sehgal Bindass 3 seasons
Little Things Kavya Kulkarni Netflix 4 seasons [34]
2016 Official Chukyagiri Mili Arre
2020 Pretty Fit Herself YouTube
Masaba Masaba Herself Netflix Season 1; cameo appearance [35]

Theatre

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Year Title Group Ref.
2017 Tunni Ki Kahani Aarambh [2]
Aaj Rang Hai
2018–present Dekh Behen Akvarious Productions [36]
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Awards and nominations

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Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 4th Filmfare Awards Marathi Best Female Debut Muramba Won [38]
2019 IReel Awards Best Actress - Comedy Little Things Won [39]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in Comedy / Romance Won [40]
2020 1st Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actress - Comedy Series Won [41]
2021 2nd Filmfare OTT Awards Best Supporting Actress - Web Originals Tribhanga Nominated [42]
2022 3rd Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actress - Comedy Series Little Things Nominated [43]
Best Actress Critics - Comedy Series Won
2023 Bollywood Hungama Style Icons Most Stylish Digital Entertainer (Female) Nominated [44]
2023 11th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debut – Telugu Ori Devuda Nominated [45]

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