Mrunal Thakur tells us why this is her year, despite the pandemic
Riya Yadav, INN/Gwalior, @infodeaofficial
Breaking stereotypes comes rather naturally to Mrunal Thakur. From making the nearly impossible transition from television soaps to films, to scoring a Hollywood break (Love Sonia, 2018, alongside Demi Moore and Frieda Pinto) before her Bollywood debut with Hrithik Roshan in Super 30 – her journey has been full of breakthroughs. While she continues to make a case for short haired Hindi film heroines- a rare breed she admits, she is forming quite a beeline for herself with upcoming projects opposite Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor.
On a pleasant March morning, just before the COVID -19 outbreak completely changed our world, we caught up with Mrunal at Rooh, New Delhi , where she channelled her favourite festive looks for summer celebrations.
Mrunal Thakur- I feel settled in front of the camera – that’s for sure! Be it a web film or a Bollywood movie, the medium doesn’t matter to me anymore. I want to get out of my comfort zone and work with different directors and explore various genres. I am willing to be uncomfortable and under confident. I realise how lucky I am to be able to make the television to Bollywood jump, and I want to set an example for other aspiring TV actors!
Right now, I have three films in the pipeline – Rakeysh Akhtar, Jersey with Shahid Kapoor, directed by Gowtam Tinnauri, and then Aankh Micholi by Umesh Shukla. Although the first two films I am doing are both sports dramas based, I am most excited for my character in Toofan, which is about the journey of a boxer.
Lockdown has been a rollercoaster of emotions for me. I am taking it one day at a time, and trying to be as productive as possible. I have been giving Marie Kondo’s organising techniques a try, catching up on classic novels such as Of Human Bondage and Sophie’s choice, trying my hand at baking delicious Ragi and oats breads, and also completely my graduation in sociology through distance learning, which I have had on my mind for the last past 10 years!