|Real Name:||Mrunal Thakur|
|Birthplace:||Dhule, Maharashtra, India|
|Famous Role:||Kumkum Bhagya|
Mrunal Thakur (born 1 August 1992) is an Indian actress who predominantly works in Hindi and Telugu films. She began her acting career with the television soap operas Mujhse Kuchh Kehti…Yeh Khamoshiyaan (2012) and Kumkum Bhagya (2014–2016). For the latter, Thakur won the Indian Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Thakur made her Hindi film debut with Love Sonia (2018) and gained recognition with the 2019 biographical films Super 30 and Batla House. Following a series of commercial failures, she achieved success with the Telugu romantic drama Sita Ramam (2022), which won her two SIIMAs.
Mrunal Thakur Biography
|Born||1 August 1992
Dhule, Maharashtra, India
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Early life (Mrunal Thakur Biography)
Mrunal Thakur was born on 1 August 1992 in Dhule, Maharashtra. She attended St. Joseph’s Convent School, Jalgaon, and Vasant Vihar High School, near Mumbai. Thakur left KC College without graduating as she was pursuing a television career at the time.
Early career and television (2012–2014)
While attending college, Thakur landed a lead role as Gauri Bhosle opposite Mohit Sehgal in the Star Plus series Mujhse Kuchh Kehti…Yeh Khamoshiyaan. The show aired from 2012 to 2013. 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 was cast for 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 Khanna, a woman who along with her elder sister (played by Jha) helps their mother (played by Shukla) run a marriage hall. The show received mostly positive to mixed reviews from critics. Thakur quit the show in January 2016.
Thakur appeared as a Contestant on Box Cricket League 1 in 2014 and Nach Baliye 7 in 2015. In 2016, she performed dance in a special episode of &TV’s SauBhagyalaxmi and had a Guest appearance in Tuyul & Mbak Yul Reborn. Her final appearance before she retired from television was on the Indonesian serial Nadin, where she played Tara.
Expansion to Hindi films (2014–2021)
In 2012, Thakur began work on her first Hindi project, the international film Love Sonia, for which she stayed in Kolkata. The film was released in September 2018 after various delays and featured her in the titular role of a village girl who brings to light the issue of global human trafficking. For preparation, Thakur stayed at a brothel to study the body language of prostitutes. Although the film was generally well-reviewed, it was a failure at the domestic box office.
Thakur’s Bollywood debut came in 2019 with Vikas Bahl‘s biographical drama 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 Supriya, a classical dancer, and Kumar’s love interest. It emerged as a commercial success and one of the top-grossing Hindi films of 2019. In the same year, she played John Abraham‘s wife Nandita Kumar in Nikkhil Advani‘s Batla House, based on the 2008 Batla House encounter case. It grossed over ₹1.11 billion (US$14 million) worldwide becoming a commercially successful venture.
In 2020, Thakur appeared in a Netflix venture, the four-part anthology horror film Ghost Stories as Ira in the Segment: Karan Johar‘s segment. The same year she appeared in a music video “Gallan Goriya”, alongside John Abraham.
In 2021, Thakur starred in the sports drama, Toofaan, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and co-starring Farhan Akhtar, which premiered on 16 July 2021 on Amazon Prime Video in which her performance was praised. In addition, she co-starred in the action thriller Dhamaka, directed by Ram Madhvani and co-starring Kartik Aaryan and Amruta Subhash, which was released on Netflix on 19 November 2021. She also appeared in two music videos in the year 2021, “Bad Boy x Bad Girl” with Badshah and “Aise Na Chhoro” with Guru Randhawa.
Expansion to Telugu films (2022–present)
Thakur’s first film of 2022, Jersey, a remake of the 2019 Telugu film of the same name, co-starring Shahid Kapoor, was released on 22 April 2022. The film received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, praising the performances, direction, and soundtrack; however, the film emerged as a commercial failure at the box office. Thakur made her Telugu film debut co-starring Dulquer Salmaan and Rashmika Mandanna in Hanu Raghavapudi’s period romantic drama Sita Ramam, which was released on 5 August 2022. The film received positive reviews upon release and emerged as a success at the box office, thus proving to be a breakthrough for her. In 2023, she starred opposite Aditya Roy Kapur in the Hindi film Gumraah, which was a remake of the 2019 Tamil film Thadam. The film underperformed commercially, becoming a box-office bomb.
Thakur will appear opposite Abhimanyu Dassani and Paresh Rawal in the multi-starrer comedy Aankh Micholi. Following this, she will be seen with Ishaan Khatter in the war action film Pippa. She also completed Maddock Films Pooja Meri Jaan alongside Huma Qureshi.
Other work and media image
The Telegraph finds Thakur to be “honest and heartwarming“. On her choice of films, she said, “I just want to be associated with good scripts, to play a woman of substance, and see what she’s contributing to.” Thakur ranked 8th in Eastern Eye‘s Top 30 under 30 Global Asian Stars List of 2021.
In 2022, Thakur curated a food donation drive in collaboration with “All About Them”, a foundation that helps stray and community animals. Thakur is a celebrity endorser for several brands and products, including Lakme and Dulux.
Filmography (Mrunal Thakur Biography)
|Vitti Dandu||Sandhya Jain|
|2018||Love Sonia||Sonia Gupta||Hindi|
|2019||Super 30||Supriya Singh|
|Batla House||Shobhna Yadav|
|2020||Ghost Stories||Irawati “Ira” Kapoor||Karan Johar’s segment|
|2021||Toofaan||Dr. Ananya Prabhu|
|Dhamaka||Saumya Mehra Pathak|
|2022||Jersey||Vidya Rao Talwar|
|Sita Ramam||Sita Mahalakshmi / Princess Noor Jahan||Telugu|
|2023||Selfiee||Unnamed Dancer||Special appearance in the song “Kudiyee Ni Teri”|
|Lust Stories 2||Veda||Segment: “Made for Each Other“|
|Aankh Micholi||Paro Singh|
|Pooja Meri Jaan †||Pooja||Hindi||Post-production|
Television (Mrunal Thakur Biography)
- All shows are in Hindi unless otherwise mentioned
|2012–2013||Mujhse Kuchh Kehti…Yeh Khamoshiyaan||Gauri Bhonsle|
|2014–2016||Kumkum Bhagya||Bulbul Arora Khanna|
|2014||Box Cricket League 1||Contestant||Team: Mumbai Warriors|
|2015||Nach Baliye 7||Contestant||8th place|
|Tuyul & Mbak Yul Reborn||Herself||Indonesian TV show; Guest appearance|
|2023||Made in Heaven 2||Adhira Arya||Episode: “Beauty and the Beast”|
|2020||“Gallan Goriya”||Dhvani Bhanushali, Taz|
|2021||“Bad Boy x Bad Girl”||Nikhita Gandhi, Badshah|
|“Aise Na Chhoro”||Guru Randhawa|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Kumkum Bhagya||Won|
|Gold Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|2018||London Indian Film Festival||Best Newcomer Award||Love Sonia||Won|
|2019||Gold Awards||Rising Star From Indian Television to Films||—||Won|
|2020||Screen Awards||Most Promising Newcomer – Female||Super 30||Nominated|
|2021||Lokmat Stylish Awards||Most Stylish Rising Star (Female)||—||Won|
|2022||Most Stylish Game Changer||—||Won|
|2023||Indian Film Festival of Melbourne||Diversity in Cinema Award||—||Won|
|South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Actress – Telugu||Sita Ramam||Nominated|
|Best Actress Critics – Telugu||Won|
|Best Female Debut – Telugu||Won|