Photographer: Rohan Shrestha
Stylist: Aakruti Sejpal
Assistant Stylists: Ayushi Gala
Make-up: Lochan Thakur
Hairstylist: Deepali Deokar
All Jewellery: Maya Sanghavi Jewels (Amigos by Rizwan Sheikh), Golden Window Jewellery & S’Éternals by Krisha (Ascend Rohank)
Location Courtesy: The Imperial
Production: FSP Productions
Executed by: Niharika Singh of Studio Little Dumpling
Actor’s Agency: Hardly Anonymous
Wardrobe: Falguni Shane Peacock



A versatile actor who has left an indelible mark on the Indian film industry, Mrunal Thakur is a name synonymous with talent, versatility, and dedication. From winning the hearts of audiences on television to making a powerful impact in cinema right from her first film, Mrunal’s journey is one to watch out for.
Born and raised in a nomadic environment, Mrunal’s childhood was marked by constant adaptation to new surroundings, instilling in her a resilient spirit that would later define her career. Despite not harbouring childhood dreams of becoming an actor, fate led her to discover her passion during her college days, ultimately putting her on a pathway into the world of acting.

Mrunal’s foray into television at the age of 18 marked the beginning of a remarkable career. Her transition to films, particularly her role in Love Sonia underscored she wasn’t here just to display her acting prowess but also to leave an unmissable impression with each of her films. Not only did she make a place for herself in Hindi cinema, but her presence in Telugu cinema has also been particularly noteworthy, yet again showcasing her commitment to exceptional storytelling.

As she continues to evolve and grow as an artist, Mrunal remains focused on the journey ahead, constantly seeking to explore diverse genres of cinema and bag compelling characters and narratives. With several exciting projects on the horizon, Mrunal Thakur is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in the world of entertainment.

In an insightful interview with The Peacock Magazine, Mrunal shares her thoughts on her choice of films, her aspirations, and what lies on the path ahead in her career.



Q) You’ve had your finger in every pie of the entertainment industry. Was this always the plan?

Mrunal Thakur (MT): This wasn’t the plan initially. Originally, I aimed to appear on screen and make my parents proud by venturing into Marathi cinema. As I delved deeper, I realised that a true artist isn’t confined to a single platform. I wanted to reach a global audience with compelling stories, regardless of the medium. So, while it wasn’t the plan initially, it certainly is now. I aspire to be part of stories that transcend boundaries.



Q) What was your childhood like?

MT: My childhood was nomadic in the truest sense–it was always marked by frequent moving around and adapting to new environments. I attended around 10 to 11 schools, mostly in metropolitan areas. It wasn’t easy, facing the challenges of constantly changing schools and undergoing admission processes. As for becoming an actor, it wasn’t a childhood dream. However, fate led me to enrol in the Bachelor of Mass Media, where I discovered my passion for acting through auditions and the support of friends who pushed me to look into this direction and craft.

Q) You got into television at the mere age of 18. What got you interested in acting? And how did you take the first step towards the entertainment industry?

MT: It was a challenge that sparked my interest during college. It was when someone I remember peculiarly doubted my abilities, that it motivated me to prove them wrong. That moment led me to audition and secure my first television role. Challenges fuel my determination, and I’m grateful to have found my calling early on. I really am the kind of person who gets motivated when someone challenges that I might not be capable of doing something, that works as a canvas of motivation for me.



Q) You became a household name in television and then transitioned to films. What prompted this shift, and what was your mindset at the time?

MT: While television provided stability, I always wanted and waited for roles that allowed me to explore diverse characters. Starting my film career with Love Sonia was deliberate; I aimed to be part of impactful stories that resonate with audiences beyond entertainment. During quiet periods, I reminded myself to remain patient and focused, believing that perseverance would eventually lead to fulfilling opportunities.

Q) Your presence in Telugu cinema has been particularly noteworthy. How do you balance meeting audience expectations while staying true to your artistic vision?

MT: The love and acceptance from Telugu and overall the South (Indian) audiences have been overwhelming. I trust my instincts when choosing projects, prioritising stories that align with my values and resonate with viewers. Whether it’s Hi Nanna or Sita Ramam, I remain committed to selecting roles that reflect human experiences and convey meaningful messages. This exploration of doing different language films truly has made me understand the value of being a national actor and an Indian film actor who is not restricted by any geographical boundaries.



Q) Despite your success, do you ever feel completely satisfied with your performance?

MT: No, satisfaction isn’t something I seek. Each role sets a new benchmark, propelling me to continually improve. As an artist, I embrace the challenge of pushing boundaries and learning from every experience.

Q) Do you feel the weight of your achievements, and if so, how do you manage it?

MT: No, I don’t dwell a lot on past accomplishments. Of course at that moment I cherish them and celebrate them. But I focus on the journey ahead. I’m constantly striving to evolve and grow as an artist.



Q) How often do you turn down roles due to concerns about being typecast?

MT: Quite often. I’m conscious of avoiding roles that limit my range as an actor. I’m always wanting to take on diverse characters that offer new creative challenges.

Q) Do you actively seek roles that carry a social message?

MT: Absolutely. While not every project aims to impact society, I’m drawn to roles that convey meaningful messages. Films like Love Sonia and Super 30 showcase my commitment to storytelling with a purpose. This was the very reason I did those films.



Q) It seems like you enjoy taking risks in your roles. Is this true, and how do you balance
experimentation with consistency?

MT: Yes, I’m inclined towards roles that push boundaries and challenge me creatively. However, as I gain experience, I aim for a balance between calculated risks and staying true to my craft, ensuring each role contributes to my growth as an actor.

Q) What kind of films do you aspire to do in the future, and what genres do you wish to explore?

MT: I’m keen on exploring festival films and narratives that offer unique storytelling opportunities. As an actor first and foremost, I’m open to diverse genres that allow me to immerse myself in compelling characters and stories.



Q) What mistakes would you make as an actor if you were allowed to, in order to grow?

MT: That’s an intriguing question–one that definitely prompts an introspection. While I haven’t actively thought of this, it’s a notion worth considering. I believe embracing mistakes is integral to growth as an actor.

Q) What have you seen recently outside of your own work that you liked?

MT: Recently, I had the pleasure of watching the film Aavesham starring Fahadh Faasil, and it left a real impact on me. As an admirer of Malayalam cinema, I’m consistently impressed by the depth and quality of storytelling in the industry.



Q) Who have you learned a lot from recently? In what ways?

MT: Lately, I’ve been immersing myself in classic films and studying the performances of actors from the golden era of Indian cinema. Their mastery of subtle expressions and the sheer presence they exuded on screen continue to inspire me. Icons like Waheeda (Rehman) ji, Madhubala ji, and Smita Patil ji have left an indelible mark on the industry, and I aspire to embody even a fraction of their brilliance in my craft. Madhubala ji was the queen–her expressions and her ability to emote are unmatched. Also Smita Patil ji, was way ahead of her time. She was an icon and I wish I had a chance to share screen space with her.



Q) What projects are you currently working on?

MT: Pooja Meri Jaan is ready for release, and I’m set to begin filming my next project this month. Additionally, there are two other exciting projects in the pipeline, although they’re currently under wraps.







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