Mrunal Thakur’s take on not playing housewife in ‘Batla House’


Mrunal Thakur, who forayed into the movies with a role in ‘Love Sonia’ (2018) has spoken about the way she makes her film choices.

She says, “Your first film decides how good or bad a performer you are.” She credits the Tabrez Noorani-directed venture for helping her land the big-ticket film, ‘Batla House.’ “Nikkhil [Advani, director] saw the film at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2018 and loved my work. That’s how I got this film. Commercial success is not the only sign of a good movie,” she argues.

The two-film-old star is unperturbed that both, ‘Batla House’ and her last release ‘Super 30,’ are driven by male protagonists, reports Mid Day. Asserting that the design of Hindi movies is rapidly changing, Thakur reasons, “I admire Pankaj Tripathi; no matter how many scenes he has, he will stand out. That is the mark of a great actor. It will take me some time to get a heroine-driven film. Priyanka Chopra took a while to get Fashion. Or Deepika [Padukone] to get Piku and Cocktail. At this point, when I am just starting off, every opportunity is a golden opportunity. To be able to work with seasoned actors like John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan is a big deal.”

However, Thakur promptly adds that the narrative offers her a prominent character graph. She essays a journalist, modelled on Delhi Police Special Cell DSP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav’s wife and journalist Shobhna Yadav. “I wouldn’t have taken up the role if she was just a housewife. She is a crime journalist who needs to report the news where her husband is considered a murderer. The film offers a different take on journalism. When I met Shobhna Yadavji, she said I remind her of herself.”

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