Mrunal Thakur has had a improbable journey as a Bollywood actor. The 28-year-old actress, who made her performing debut with Love Sonia in 2018, will probably be seen in Nationwide Award-winning filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Toofaan reverse Farhan Akhtar. On this interview with indianexpress.com, Mrunal talks about her intention as an actor and why she prefers to keep away from the glam route.
Excerpts from the interview:
Toofaan is the quintessential underdog movie, how was your expertise engaged on the movie?
It’s an iconic film, at the very least in my profession up to now. To be part of this film itself is the most important achievement in my life. I’ll say that as a result of working with Farhan, Rakeysh sir and Paresh ji, Supriya Pathak, Hussain sir, Vijay Raaz and Mohan Agashe is an expertise in itself. I might really feel the life they introduced into their characters. I simply saved seeing how nice they had been at what they do and the way they made this journey really feel so actual. I simply felt that I used to be watching a slice of life. It made me realise that you just don’t all the time must act, ait is necessary is that you just additionally really feel. Toofaan has taught me that preparing, getting your hair and make-up accomplished doesn’t lower it. That’s not the way you’re able to act, you’ve really feel the second that you’re in.
Working with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is sort of a dream come true. I’ve learnt so many strategies, there’s a approach of coping with a scene. I consider that dialog is a should, and that’s what he does. Earlier than the scene, he doesn’t rehearse the strains, he has that dialog with me, permits me to really feel the state of affairs.
Farhan, in the meantime, has ignited that fireside in me as an artiste, as a performer. He makes certain that no matter he does, he dives deep into it and performs as if there isn’t any tomorrow. As an artiste, all of the inhibitions I had, in all probability died with this one. He made certain that we drive out of our consolation zone. And I’ll select sooner or later to do roles like this, roles that aren’t solely troublesome, however on the identical time iconic.
Toofaan is out-and-out a Farhan Akhtar film. A film a couple of boxing champ, how did you make place for your self in it?
That’s the magnificence about Rakeysh sir. Even when it’s a biopic, he’ll ensure that each character is necessary. His therapy to his actors and characters is equal. Ananya is a physician who has a lifetime of her personal. As she has a lot ache in her life, she has channelised all of the ‘dukh and dard’ in the very best approach, and she or he believes in giving happiness to all of the individuals who she meets. The best way this character is written, it is extremely balanced, it’s very nice. I’m certain each Bollywood actress goes to be jealous of me enjoying Ananya.
Once we discuss different actors being jealous of you, you’ve already achieved with the tasks you’ve accomplished. Earlier than Toofaan, Tremendous 30 with Hrithik Roshan was a superhit too, and your subsequent is Jersey with Shahid Kapoor. Not many newcomers get these sort of movies.
I wish to be referred to as a flexible actress, and there is just one factor that retains ringing in my head and that’s that I don’t wish to repeat myself. I don’t wish to do one thing that I’ve already accomplished. I wish to be part of a narrative which is nice, regardless of no matter time I get on display. A lot of the instances actresses do have an inhibition about not enjoying a mom or a sister, and solely enjoying roles the place the actress is introduced in a really glamorous approach. I don’t have such inhibitions as an actor. I realised that the character is essential.
I would like the youthful era of people that wish to be actors to observe my motion pictures and be taught from them. I want I could possibly be at the very least 2% of what Waheeda (Rahman) ji is or what Madhubala was. That’s the fundamental agenda.
Once I stroll on the road, I would like them to know me as Ananya or Supriya, and never as Mrunal. I would like folks to know me for my work.
Toofaan, that includes Mrunal Thakur, Farhan Akhtar, Paresh Rawal, Supriya Pathak and Vijay Raaz will stream on Amazon Prime Video from July 16.