Mrunal Thakur on Love Sonia: Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao were like my two pillars

Bollywood has been welcoming many widespread abilities from tv of late, and becoming a member of the bandwagon is Mrunal Thakur of Kumkum Bhagya fame. Mrunal performs the lead function within the Indo-American movie Love Sonia (releases on 14 September) made by Life Of Pi producer David Womark. Then, early subsequent yr she will likely be making her massive Bollywood debut reverse Hrithik Roshan in Vikas Bahl-directed Tremendous 30.

Mrunal Thakur. Picture from Twitter/@TellyTalkIndia

Earlier too, Mrunal’s identify was related to outstanding names as a result of whereas she was following her Bollywood dream, she had auditioned for a lot of movies and one out of them was Salman Khan’s Sultan. She had additionally auditioned for Yash Raj Movies’ upcoming Diwali massive ticket, Thugs Of Hindostan. Nevertheless, issues did not work out for Mrunal, who’s lastly making her worldwide debut within the movie that brings to gentle the difficulty of world human trafficking. She performs a village lady, who’s trapped in international intercourse commerce within the movie that additionally stars Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Freida Pinto, Richa Chadda, Demi Moore and Anupam Kher amongst others.

Dismissing rumours that she turned down Thugs of Hindostan as a result of she didn’t wish to signal a three-film contract with the manufacturing home as it might have affected her worldwide profession, Mrunal says, “There was no three movie deal. Sultan and Love Sonia occurred across the similar time. For Love Sonia, I had grow to be like a skeleton, like a stick. Do you assume I’d move off as a wrestler? How may they’ve forged a thin lady? Moreover Sultan and ToH, there are extra movies that Yash Raj will make. That is solely the start for me. We had been solely auditioning however I acquired the possibility to fulfill Aditya Chopra. Immediately, my confidence might be attributed to the grooming course of that the casting administrators put me by for all these movies. Earlier, I used to be like a tomboy. They helped me get out of that. I don’t have any movie background and getting a chance to fulfill them itself was nice,” she provides.

Whereas most actresses would wish to make their debut with glamourous roles in industrial or romantic entertainers, what prompted her to begin her profession with Love Sonia? “I wished to do a movie that will influence individuals’s coronary heart; they need to come out feeling, ‘Oh my god, does all this truly occur in our society?’ Additionally, I would like individuals to recollect me for my work. It doesn’t matter whether or not it’s a light-hearted, or a darkish movie, what issues most is that I acquired a titular function with such a tremendous forged,” says Mrunal.

A still from Love Sonia. Image from Twitter/@BFFCmag

A nonetheless from Love Sonia. Picture from Twitter/@BFFCmag

Whereas she was busy together with her tv assignments, Mrunal was known as for the auditions however the journey wasn’t straightforward as there have been round 1500 to 2000 ladies to compete with, and it was solely after six rounds of auditioning and several other months when she was informed that she will likely be taking part in Sonia. The actress stayed close to Sonagachi, the red-light district in Kolkata to check the physique language of the prostitutes and to analysis for the movie as properly. “Even once I knew that I used to be locked for the function, I got here again crying wanting on the entire strategy of making ready and capturing. My mom was additionally scared. Which mom would wish to see her daughter as a sufferer. Tabrez (Noorani, director) confirmed me the footage of ladies from brothels and despatched us to Kolkata’s purple gentle district to do our analysis. It was so disturbing once we heard their tales. They needed to serve 30 to 40 shoppers a day. Males would hit them, take away their youngsters and blackmail them. Pimps would give medicine to the victims and after they acquired addicted, they might manipulate them. I additionally visited their houses and was dumbfounded to see their mattress elevated on bricks with shoppers sleeping on the higher degree whereas their husband and youngsters slept on the decrease,” stated Mrunal sounding aghast.

There have been many extra hard-hitting details that she learnt through the shoot that numbed her. “Ladies get trafficked by containers too. They put loads of diapers, oxygen cylinders to hide the ladies are already drugged. No one actually cares if they’re alive or useless. When the ladies are lastly offered, the identical night time the physician stitches their genitals and promote them once more as virgins to get extra money,” says the actress, who now desires to take up the trigger and educate extra ladies. “I wish to make them conscious as a result of many of the ladies that I met at Sonagachi informed me that they’d come to fulfill a man and went on a trip with them and on the finish of it they had been offered. I wish to inform them to to not belief anyone and lift their voice in the event that they really feel one thing is flawed.”

“I needed to appear to be a village lady and we had one of the best make-up artist, Virginia Holmes. The method included, drying out my lips to tanning my physique to 3 shades darker and to not grooming my hair. The scene with me as a 17-year-old lady being offered to a 60-year-old man was probably the most troublesome ones to carry out,” she says, including, “The director has an in depth imaginative and prescient. He has researched on the topic for over 10 years and was very agency in what he was doing.”

Clearly, matching as much as her co-stars, a few of them being stalwarts, put loads of strain on Mrunal, however her four-year tv expertise, and that too, on day by day reveals, made issues a bit straightforward for her. “Now I really feel glad that I began with tv as a result of day by day I used to toil actually laborious, engaged on day by day soaps. Tv helped me ship my traces, simply that the 2 medium are very totally different,” she says.

Mrunal continues, “Initially, I used to be afraid to do scenes with Freida and Richa as a result of I had no concept what it was prefer to work within the Bollywood trade. However on the primary day when Freida got here to me and stated, ‘I used to be precisely such as you a decade again’, I felt higher. These senior actors would assist me with the scenes. Even as we speak, if I’ve to make choices, I drop a message to Frieda, or name Richa,” says Mrunal, who would simply observe her co-stars. “Manoj (Bajpayee) sir and Rajkummar Rao had been like my two robust pillars. Manoj sir helped me with my dubbing and confirmed me the place to take pauses. Rajkummar would simply give up himself to the director saying, ‘Transient me and I will likely be within the character’. I’d simply observe them between takes. I’d make it possible for if Tabrez was taking Manoj’s shut up shot, I’d sit on the monitor and simply seize what he was doing. Merely watching them helped me so much. With such nice mentors on units, nothing can go flawed,” she says.

Mrunal was additionally fairly stunned with Demi Moore’s dedication. “Most actors often sit of their vainness vans after they aren’t capturing however Demi made certain that she stayed on units whereas we shot all the sequence. In between the scenes she would share her and her former husband Ashton Kutcher’s affiliation with the victims and the NGO they’re related to,” says Mrunal.

After placing tv on backburner, Mrunal is anxious about her film profession and is eager on working with Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar and Shoojit Sircar. “Now I’m ready for Tremendous 30 to launch and possibly then the true race in Bollywood would start for me. I wish to expertise new issues. I’ve completed commercials, tv, movies and I wish to experiment extra, in all probability do an online sequence. Language just isn’t a barrier, solely the idea issues,” she says.

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