Mrunal Thakur of "Kumkum Bhagya" to play lead role in 'Slumdog Millionaire' producer's film. Pictured: Mrunal Thakur
Mrunal Thakur of "Kumkum Bhagya" to play lead role in 'Slumdog Millionaire' producer's film. Pictured: Mrunal ThakurMrunal Thakur/Facebook

Mrunal Thakur, who played the role of Bulbul in popular television show "Kumkum Bhagya," is all set to make her mark in the International film industry. According to reports, Mrunal has bagged "Slumdog Millionaire" producer Tabrez Noorani's film "Love Sonia."

The film also has "Slumdog Millionaire" star Freida Pinto and will see Mrunal in the lead role. "Love Sonia" will mark the directorial debut of Noorani and is inspired by the real life story of a village girl who gets trapped in the sex trafficking business.

"Inspired by true events, the film revolves around a young village girl Sonia whose life is trapped in the sex trade network. Mrunal was chosen to play the title role after auditioning 1,500 aspirants. She has that innocent, pretty face and suited the part," a source told the Times of India.

Mrunal, who had received immense love for her performance on "Kumkum Bhagya," quit the show apparently due to the unending track of the lead actors and also because her character didn't have much to offer. There were also reports that Mrunal walked out of the daily soap after she had a fall out with the "Kumkum Bhagya" producer Balaji telefilms. 

"Love Sonia" will also feature Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher and American actor Paul Dano and will be filmed in India, Los Angeles as well as Hong Kong, Reuters reported. 

The report said that Noorani decided to make a film on the sex trade industry when he encountered some victims of the trade being shipped from China to Los Angeles in 2003. The incident inspired Noorani to work with various non-governmental organisations (NGOs), which focuses on trafficking in Los Angeles, India and Hong Kong. 

"This is a movie that found me. It's a story that needs to be told, to show the plight of these girls, what they go through," Noorani told Reuters. Besides "Slumdog Millionaire," Noorani had also produced "Life Of Pi," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Eat, Pray, Love" and others.

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