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Munjya actress Sharvari Wagh is the new breakout star of Bollywood

Sharvari will feature in the Yash Raj Films spy thriller Alpha co-starring Alia Bhatt

Ratnalekha Mazumdar Calcutta Published 10.07.24, 04:28 PM
Sharvari grooving to the song Taras in Munjya, running at the theatres

Sharvari grooving to the song Taras in Munjya, running at the theatres Instagram/Sharvari Wagh

After Triptii Dimri and Wamiqa Gabbi, the spotlight is shining on the newest talent in town — Sharvari Wagh. The Marathi girl from Mumbai has been around for a while but it is her performance in the June release Munjya that has caught everyone’s attention. Here’s a timeline of Sharvari’s purple patch.

From an assistant director to acting

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Sharvari’s journey began as an assistant director to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Bajirao Mastani, and to Luv Ranjan on Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. She auditioned for films alongside and made her acting debut in Kabir Khan’s web series The Forgotten Army - Azaadi Ke Liye, opposite Sunny Kaushal. Sharvari’s film debut happened with Yash Raj Films’ Bunty Aur Babli 2 in 2021, which starred Rani Mukerji, Saif Ali Khan and Siddhant Chaturvedi. Though the film failed to make a mark at the box office, Sharvari received appreciation for her performance.

Her breakout moment: Playing a possessed woman in Munjya

A week before her birthday this June, the horror comedy Munjya — in which Sharvari plays the female lead — released at the theatres and immediately hit the box office sweet spot. The Aditya Sarpotdar-directed film is turning out to be one of 2024’s sleeper hits, having already crossed the Rs 100-crore mark, and Sharvari made a strong contribution through her performance as a possessed woman, in prosthetics. In the promotional Munjya song Taras, Sharvari also showed she can scorch the dance floor equally well.

On the heels of Munjya came the Netflix film Maharaj — the launchpad of Aamir Khan’s son Junaid Khan — where Sharvari plays the feisty and lively Viraaj. Though it’s a brief role, Sharvari displayed her ease with the camera and her impeccable Gujarati accent.

Films to watch out for

While she’s been basking in the success of Munjya, Yash Raj Films announced the action spy thriller Alpha, starring Alia Bhatt and Sharvari. And given that she also has an Independence Day release coming up — the action drama Vedaa directed by Nikkhil Advani and co-starring John Abraham — one can safely say that Sharvari is vrooming into the big league.

Her strong fashion game

Sharvari’s arresting screen presence is complemented by the fact that she has a strong fashion game going too. She is experimental in her wardrobe choices, steering away from safe and boring. Sharvari picks ensembles, fabrics and silhouettes that enhance her personality and carries them with confidence.

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