Magic of the movie


by ASJAD NAZIR TV STAR MRUNAL THAKUR ON HER LEAP TO CINEMA AND WORKING WITH THE BEST TALENTED actress Mrunal Thakur may have made a name for herself on television with impressive performances, but all eyes will now be on her when she hits the big screen in two major film projects. One of the best-kept secrets in India is set to get global attention with a starring role in international film Love, Sonia as well as high-profile Bollywood release Super 30 opposite superstar Hrithik Roshan. She will first be seen at this year’s London Indian Film Festival, where Love, Sonia is the opening night movie. Mrunal, who heads a strong star cast that includes Freida Pinto, De­mi Moore, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao and Richa Chadda, plays the title role of an In­dian village girl who gets caught up in the web of the global sex trade. Eastern Eye caught up with the star before she goes interstellar to talk about Love, Sonia, acting opposite Hrithik Roshan, and more. What first got you connected to acting? My father is very fond of Bollywood cin­ema. He would spend all his pocket money to watch movies in a theatre. He is a big Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan fan, so every weekend we would watch movies at home and it’s their magic that raptured me. I started recreating the characters at home in front of my parents since I was six or seven. I went for an audition at the age of 16 after being referred by my friend and bagged the role. I ended up changing my (desired) profession from dentistry to acting. What has the whole experience of working on the massively challenging medium of television been like? I was so raw when I got my first show. It was tough…

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