Mrunal Thakur

Mrunal Thakur 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 Kumkum Bhagya (2014–2016) and the drama film Love Sonia (2018).

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, Mumbai, Maharashtra [2]
OccupationActress
Years active2012–present

In 2019, Thakur featured in the biographical drama Super 30 and the action thriller Batla House, both of which were commercially successful.

CareerEdit

Television (2012–2016)Edit

While attending college, Thakur signed to portray Gauri Bhosle, the main female lead 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, after quitting television, Thakur began filming for her first film—the international movie Love Sonia—which was completed by her in 2017.[6] Release date of the film was pushed several times, and it was finally released in September 2018. Her role was of Sonia, a village girl who brings to light the issue of global human trafficking. In preparation for the role, Thakur stayed at a brothel near Kolkata to study the body language of prostitutes. Despite of high expectations, Love Sonia failed commercially,[7] and received mixed reviews from critics.[8][9]

In 2019, Thakur made her Bollywood debut opposite Hrithik Roshan in Sajid Nadiadwala's production Super 30, based on the mathematician Anand Kumar (portrayed by Roshan in the film) and his program of the same name. In the film, she portrayed Kumar's love interest and was praised.[10] Despite a mixed reception, Super 30 became one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2019, earning 2.08 billion (US$29 million) in global markets. Later in the year, she was cast opposite John Abraham in Nikkhil Advani's action thriller Batla House, a retelling of the 2008 Batla House encounter case about the story of a police officer Sanjeev Kumar Yadav (played by Abraham), who played a crucial role in the case. Thakur played Nandita, a journalist and the police officer's wife.[11] Her performance met with generally positive reviews from critics; the film proved to be successful grossing 1.32 billion (US$19 million) worldwide. In 2019, she also starred as the fictional character Sivagami in a spin-off series of the Baahubali film franchise,[12] named Baahubali: Before the Beginning.[13]

In 2020, Thakur appeared in the Netflix film Ghost Stories, an anthology horror consisting four segments.[14]

FilmographyEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2014 Vitti Dandu Sandhya Ganesh Kadam Marathi [15]
Surajya Dr. Swapna Bhosle Santosh Manjrekar [16]
2018 Love Sonia Sonia Tabrez Hoorani Hindi
English
[6]
2019 Super 30 Supriya Singh Vikas Bahl Hindi [10]
Batla House Nandita Kumar Nikkhil Advani [11]
2020 Ghost Stories Ira Sakhuja Karan Johar Netflix anthology film [14]
Jersey  Sarah Raichand Gowtham Tinnanuri Filming [17]
Toofan  Pooja Shah Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Filming [18]
Aankh Micholi  Nidhi Gupta Umesh Shukla Announced [19]

TelevisionEdit

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

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Platform Ref.
2020 Baahubali: Before the Beginning Sivagami Netflix [23]

Awards and nominationsEdit

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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Happy Birthday, Mrunal Thakur". India Today. 1 August 2018. 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. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Mrunal Thakur: new lead of Arjun". The Times of India. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Mrunal Thakur to be a part of Kumkum Bhagya". The Indian Express. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Kumkum Bhagya actress Mrunal Thakur to enter new show Saubhagyalakshmi". International Business Times. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Mrunal Thakur : I had nervous breakdowns while filming 'Love Sonia'". The Times of India. 1 September 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Stars defend Love Sonia, a sex slavery film, after box office flop". CNBC TV18. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Flawed but powerful sex-trafficking drama". The Guardian. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  9. ^ "'Love Sonia': A familiar tale brutally told". Business Standard. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Mrunal Thakur on working with Hrithik Roshan in Super 30". India Today. 2 July 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Mrunal Thakur on working with John Abraham for Batla House". Hindustan Times. 16 July 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Baahubali web series on Netflix may release before its planned date". In.com. Web18. 22 February 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Mrunal Thakur Talks About Dead Grandmas And Ghost Stories". Man's World. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  15. ^ "I'm Excited About My 'Lavani' Performance in 'Viti-Dandu': Mrunal Thakur". Zee TV. November 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Surajya (Marathi) / Socially Relevant". The Indian Express. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Mrunal Thakur Joins Shahid Kapoor in Jersey". CNN-News18. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Mrunal Thakur starts shooting for Farhan Akhtar starrer 'Toofan'". The Times of India. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Abhimanyu Dassani announces new film Aankh Micholi with Mrunal Thakur". India Today. 20 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. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  21. ^ "Meet the contestants of Nach Baliye 7". Rediff.com. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  22. ^ "Now Indonesia to get its own version of Naagin". India Today. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  23. ^ "Mrunal Thakur wraps up first season of Netflix's Baahubali Before The Beginning". India Today. 23 August 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  24. ^ "London Indian Film Festival Awards 2018". London Indian Film Festival. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  25. ^ "Gold Awards 2019: Winners list". BizAsia. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2020.

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