Rani Mukerji has always been Bollywood’s queen of hearts. In a career spanning over one and half decades (beginning with the forgettable Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat), Rani has steadily moved up the ladder of success. Written off by the critics after her first movie itself, the talented actress has come a long way. She has established herself as one of the top heroines of Bollywood by delivering many remarkable performances.
On her 39th Birthday today, let’s take a look at few of the films that proved why she is and will always be the Queen of Bollywood.
Directed by ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam, Saathiya was one of the biggest hits of Rani Mukerji’s career. The role of Suhaani even won her the Filmfare Critics Award for the Best Actress. Also known for its songs, this film was a huge success at the box office.
Hum Tum was one of the most sensitive and matured performances by Rani Mukerji. She displayed a wide range of emotions in this film, as her character matured, from being a bubbly girl to that of a woman, in a span of 9 years. Her on-screen chemistry with Saif Ali Khan was well praised. She bagged the Filmfare Award for the Best Actress.
Who can forget Michelle from Black? Rani gave life to this visually challenged and hearing impaired character. This was certainly the most challenging and rewarding role of her career which won her many accolades. Together with the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, Rani weaved magic in Black.
4. No One Killed Jessica
Based on the true story of Jessica Lal murder case, Rani played the role of a fierce journalist in the film who fought for justice for Jessica. Her honest and intense performance won her the Filmfare award for the Best Supporting Actress.
5. Veer Zaara
For Rani to play the second lead in a film, the character has to have something in it. In Veer Zaara, despite playing the second lead, she left a lasting impression on audiences as Saamiya Siddiqui.
6. Bunty Aur Babli
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Rani played the con woman in this film and nailed it completely. This film was one of the biggest Bollywood hits. She was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie.
Yuva was also a box office hit where Rani Mukherjee delivered one of the best performances of her career. She played the role of Shashi Biswas who loves and marries a goon named Lallan Singh who abuses her.
8.Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
The film raises the sensitive issue of infidelity in marriage. KANK is the story of two married individuals with different partners falling in love. Rani, who is married to Abhishek Bachchan, falls in love with Shah Rukh Khan who is married to Preity Zinta. Rani was nominated for the Filmfare Award for the Best Actress for her performance in this Karan Johar film.
In this neo-noir mystery film directed by Reema Kagti, Rani played a de-glamorized role of a housewife. Also starring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor, Talaash was a suspense thriller with an interesting paranormal edge.
Based on the issue of human trafficking, Rani played a brave and sincere police officer, Shivani Shivaji Roy Mardaani. This was the last time we saw her in a movie before being married to Aditya Chopra.