EXCLUSIVE: Asked mom for 'Jersey' - How was a mother of the 90s?, read Mrunal Thakur's exclusive interview


Shahid Kapoor's romantic drama film has been released in theaters in the era of action drama films like 'KGF: Chapter 2' and 'RRR'. On one hand, where Yash, Ram Charan and Jr NTR are seen as 'larger than life' heroes in these films, on the other hand Shahid Kapoor is telling the story of each individual struggling with himself through his film. While Prashant Neel and SS Rajamouli had the lead actress to play a small role in a two-and-a-half to three-hour film, the film Jersey features Mrunal Thakur as the single-handed boss lady. The image of Mrunal Thakur, who has made a name for herself in TV and now Bollywood from South Cinema, has now gone far beyond the heroine doing small roles. The entertainment team of Amar Ujala has an exclusive conversation with Mrunal Thakur about her journey from TV actress to Indian actress. read...


You played the character of a lover in your first film, while now you are playing the role of a self-sufficient wife in the film 'Jersey'. What changed in you as an actor during this journey and what did you do to enhance your character in the upcoming film Jersey?
As an actor it is very important that you understand your character. I interact with the veteran actors on the sets to bring my character to life. I try to understand what is the image of my character in his mind. Even during the shooting of the film 'Jersey', I spoke to many people. I am also playing the role of a mother in this film. That's why I often used to spend time with my mother and try to understand from her what it meant to be a mother in the 90s. What did it mean to have your own children by compromising on a career? How did you give your share in the happiness of the family? Etcetera. Everyone used to get unique answers and I tried to use them while acting. For example, my friend's mother had told that in childhood she would not let my friend go out of the house without performing pooja. We used this thing in the film as well.

Be it 'Super 30', 'Batla House' or 'Toofan' - in almost all films, you are not in the lead even after being in the lead. Your screen time has been less than that of a male actor. Despite this, these films have shaped your career. What could be the reason behind this?
While moving forward in the acting world, I had followed the late actor Irrfan Khan. He had made a big impact by doing small roles in films many times. Despite getting 2 minutes of screen time in the three-hour film, she has impressed the audience with her performance. Impressed by him, I focused only on my acting and tried to leave my mark in a minute. Wherever I am today, I am because of him. When I was starting my career, instead of watching screen time, I was trying to prove that I am a good artist.


She is going to work with Supriya in Toofan, Shahid and Pankaj Kapoor in Jersey and now Ishaan in Pipa. How was your experience working with the entire Kapoor family?
I feel like I am a part of Kapoor family. The whole family is very talented, everyone is bringing some X-factor to the table. I learned a lot working with each and every member of the family. I learned to surrender myself to the director from Pankaj sir. From Supriya ji, I learned to speak with my eyes. Shahid is very focused as an actor. He was very clear about his character in his mind and that's what I learned from him. Similarly, from Ishaan, I learned to feel and understand that moment."