Mrunal Thakur
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Mrunal Thakur (born 1 August 1992) is an Indian 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.

Early life

She was born in a Marathi Hindu family. She has two siblings, an elder sister Lochan and a younger brother. She completed Bachelors in Mass Media (Journalism) from K. C. College.

Television (2012–2016)

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

Film career (2018–present)

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. 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. 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.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. She began the next decade and year 2020 with her second Netflix venture, the anthology horror film Ghost Stories, containing four segments.As of March 2021, Thakur has two sports dramas releasing in 2021. First Toofan, a film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, opposite Farhan Akhtar, which will premiere on 21 May 2021 on Amazon Prime Video, and second Jersey opposite Shahid Kapoor, which will premiere theatrically on 5 November 2021 coinciding with Diwali.

Film career (2018–present)

In 2016, after quitting television, Thakur began filming for her first film—the international movie Love Sonia—which was completed by her in 2017. Release date of the film was pushed several times, and was finally released in September 2018. Thakur's role was that of Sonia, a village girl who brings to light the issue of global human trafficking. In preparation for the role, she stayed at a brothel near Kolkata to study the body language of prostitutes. Despite of high expectations, Love Sonia failed commercially, and received mixed reviews from critics. However, Thakur's role earned her positive reviews. In 2019, Thakur made her Bollywood debut opposite Hrithik Roshan in Vikas Bahl and Anurag Kashyap's joint production Super 30, which was based on the mathematician Anand Kumar (portrayed by Roshan in the film) and his program Super 30. In the film, Thakur portrayed Kumar's love interest. Though several critics found her to be disappointed for her role, Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama mentioned her performance as "fantastic". Despite a mixed critical reception, Super 30 was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2019, earning ₹2.08 billion (US$30 million) in global markets. Later in the year, she was cast opposite John Abraham in Nikkhil Advani's action thriller Batla House. It was based on the Batla House encounter case held in September 2008, and narrated the story of a police officer (played by Abraham), who played a crucial role in the case. Thakur played Nandita, a journalist and the police cop's wife. Her performance met with generally positive reviews from critics; the film proved to be successful, grossing more than ₹1.25 billion (US$18 million) worldwide. Thakur will next appear in Baahubali: Before the Beginning, a Netflix spin-off of the Baahubali franchise, which completed principal photography in February 2019. She has also wrapped up shooting of the web series Ghost Stories, in which she will star in Karan Johar's segment, followed by playing the ladylove of Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar in the sports drama films Jersey and Toofan respectively.
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