Mithila Palkar
Hello! India|April 2020
Mithila Palkar
HELLO! meets the latest sensation on Netflix, who has not just blown away her audiences with her stellar performance in Little Things, but is also an inspiration to her female fans for breaking expected norms
SANGHITA SINGH

Her long dark curls and endearing smile are just the little things that first draw attention to Mithila. But she harbours astounding amounts of chutzpah in her petite self. The girl who grew up in a Maharashtrian home, with a sister who’s a neuroscientist, chose to define a new role for herself when she stepped into the digital world of entertainment despite her family’s scepticism. Whether it is her on-screen role in the Netflix super-hit or her real life, Palkar is someone who loves taking life head-on. A trained Hindustani music vocalist and Kathak dancer, she appeared in the Bollywood flick Katti Batti and is now going on to her next with Renuka Shahane’s Tribhanga, also for Netflix.

What’s keeping you busy right now?

“Honestly, there is nothing much that I can talk about right now.”

Little things do add up to big ones? Isn’t it true of your life?

“It is 100 percent true. Especially when you know how I started my journey – from doing FilterCopy videos to my cup song (inspired by Anna Kendrick‘s cup song from Pitch Perfect) and then doing web shows, it all kept getting added up for the bigger picture to emerge.”

From one-of roles in Indian cinema to a popular season on Netflix, has life turned out the way you imagined it?

“All this has been much beyond the scope of my imagination. I came here to be an actor, and that’s what I will continue and strive to be – a better actor than what I was yesterday. But, I was fortunate to have received the kind of opportunities that I did. I’m extremely grateful for those.”

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April 2020