Mrunal Thakur
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Mrunal Thakur is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood, Marathi movies and Indian soap operas. She is known for her role as Bulbul in Kumkum Bhagya. She has played the lead role in Tabrez Noorani and David Womark's 2018 film Love Sonia. In 2019, Thakur ventured into Hindi cinema by featuring in the biographical drama Super 30 and the action thriller Batla House, both of which were highly successful.

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.

Career

While attending college she appeared on the Star Plus show Mujhse Kuchh Kehti...Yeh Khamoshiyaan (Debut) opposite Mohit Sehgal as Gauri Bhosle. She then played the role of a journalist on the Star Plus show Har Yug Mein Ayega Ek Arjun. She also hosted a Hindi play called Do Fool Chaar Mali along with co-host Barun Sobti, which was directed by Manoj Verma and Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? team members. It took place in Dubai on 20 April 2013. She also played the lead role in Zee TVs' Kumkum Bhagya, opposite Arjit Taneja. She has also appeared in Marathi films. She has films like Hello Nandan, Vitti Dandu, Surajya and Rangkarmi to her credit. Mrunal Thakur made her international debut with an Indo-American film Love Sonia made by Life Of Pi producer David Womark. The actress played the title role in the film that brings to light the issue of global human trafficking. She plays a village girl, who is trapped in the global sex trade, in the film that also stars the likes of Freida Pinto and Demi Moore. The young actress reportedly stayed near a brothel in Kolkata to study the body language of the prostitutes for the film.

Television (2012–2016)

While attending the college, Thakur signed to portray Gauri Bhosle, the main female lead opposite Mohit Sehgal, 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, 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 the real-life character of Ritu Rashmi, 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 over ₹1.5 billion (US$22 million) in India and ₹2.08 billion (US$30 million) worldwide. Later that year, Thakur 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 Sanjay Kumar (played by Abraham) who played a crucial role in the case. Thakur played Nandita Kumar, a journalist and Sanjay's wife. Her performance met with generally positive reviews from critics, and the film proved to be her second consecutive box office success, earning more than ₹1 billion (US$14 million) domestically. Thakur will next appear in Baahubali: Before the Beginning, a Netflix spin-off of the Baahubali franchise, which completed principal photography in February 2019.
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