EXCLUSIVE: Mrunal Thakur on being told she can’t make it into Bollywood: They said you have a television face

In an exclusive conversation with Pinkvilla, Mrunal Thakur spoke about her transition from TV to films, the roadblocks that she faced and much more. Read on.
Mrunal Thakur EXCLUSIVE: Mrunal Thakur on being told she can’t make it into Bollywood: They said you have a television face
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After featuring in a couple of television shows including Ekta Kapoor’s Kumkum Bhagya, Mrunal Thakur impressed everyone with her performance in Tabrez Noorani’s 2018 drama, Love Sonia. She was later seen with Hrithik Roshan in Super 30 and with John Abraham in Batla House. She also has the Shahid Kapoor starrer Jersey and Toofan with Farhan Akhtar in the pipeline. The actress made a successful transition from TV to films, however she admits that the journey wasn’t easy. Mrunal admits that she was discouraged while making the transition. 

“But I want to say thank you to all the people who said that. Because if they wouldn’t have passed those comments, (then) I wouldn’t be here sitting in front of you. So a big thank you to all of them, who told me that ‘you cannot make it into Bollywood, you should only be a television actress’. I am very happy where I am. Actually that’s how I got motivated, so I took it in a positive way,” smiles the actress.

She further adds, “There were times when I would go for film auditions and they would say that this is not meant for you, but I would still be like ‘ek audition leke rakh do’ (just take one audition and keep). Although there was a lot of criticism, I think that was something that kept me moving,” says Mrunal.

What were these criticisms? “They said that you have a very television face. You are only good for television,” says the actress. She was also told that if she wanted to get into acting, she should have straight away gone to Bollywood. “Also there was this stereotype mentality where people were like television actors cannot do that transition, but I just wanted to break it and I felt like films were something I was meant for and I didn’t stop,” Mrunal asserts. 

To know more about Mrunal’s journey, check out the below video.

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Anonymous 2 months ago

so what? in Hollywood actors transition easily between tv, Netflix, and movies. indian mindset stigma needs to grow tf up

Anonymous 2 months ago

Sorry Mrunal, even though I have a soft corner for you ( m mm s name is Mrunal but my dad nick named her Mira) they are right they know it all, you do belong to TV