Mrunal Thakur: “I never dreamt of working with Hrithik Roshan…”

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Mrunal Thakur, after seeing success with ‘Love Sonia’ around the world, is all set for her Bollywood debut this year in both ‘Super 30’ and ‘Batla House’. The actress is to make the transition from the Indian television world at a time when many have done the same and also when content seems to be ever-changing.

BizAsiaLive.com caught up with the actress ahead of her first Bollywood releases.

You have been appreciated for your part in ‘Love Sonia’. How do you describe the impact it’s had and how you feel about this?
I am very glad and fortunate to start with ‘Love Sonia’. It’s a very different film and the entire cast is amazing and I got a chance to work with the best technicians. One of the best things that happened was that I got a chance to go to UN and do a screening there. The impact is impeccable and I am glad that people recognize me as Sonia and as an actress.

You’re soon to mark your Bollywood debut. How did your initial projects – ‘Batla House’ and ‘Super 30’ – come about?
Yes, I am soon going to do my Bollywood debut with ‘Super 30’, it was not easy as I had to go through three-four screen test but it was an amazing experience. I got to learn a couple of Bhojpuri songs during the prep. I never dreamt of working with Hrithik Roshan but it is happening with ‘Super 30’. I am also working with John Abraham for ‘Batla House’ which will release in August.

You’re already a popular face for the small screen. How do you feel this has contributed to the transition you’re about the make?
It feels really great to see my friends from television encouraging me. This helps me to always pull up my socks and do better and entertain people.

How would you describe working with Hrithik Roshan and John Abraham in your first films?
Working with Hrithik was a great experience. The film is set in a northern part of India so we had to learn the accent and local language and for which we did a couple of workshops. He always helped me to perform better and I am blessed to have him in my first Bollywood film. John is amazing and a fun person on set. He kept motivating me. I am glad that I got an opportunity to work with Hrithik and John in the initial stage of my career.

What do you think you notice most as the main difference between working for TV and then for film?
The biggest difference is that television works on a deadline so you have to deliver an episode by the end of the day. So you have to shoot non-stop irrespective of the weather condition, health, etc. In films, you have more time to prepare, you have the script early and you live that one character for almost a year but in television, you end up living the character until the show is on air.

Do you have a Bollywood wishlist?
My Bollywood wishlist would be a nice romantic film or a rom-com. I want to try all the genres

How have you and will you choose your roles?
I just make sure that I don’t take up a project which I have already done. I want to experiment with different genres and I want to be a versatile actor. I should be happy with what I am doing in the film that is the most important nothing.

Can you reveal what you may have coming after ‘Super 30’ and ‘Batla House’?
After ‘Super 30’ and ‘Batla House’ you can watch me as Sivagami in Netflix’s series ‘Bahubali: Before the Beginning’, it will be out after ‘Batla House’.

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