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Rani Mukerji
Also known as:Rani
Occupation:Actor • Special Appearances
Born:March 21, 1978
Birthplace:Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Spouse:Aditya Chopra
One of Bollywood`s most sought-after actresses, Rani Mukerji has pulled off the portrayal of the college bombshell Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and the tough Senior Inspector Shivani Shivaji Roy in Mardaani with equal ease. Apart from being a phenomenal actress, Rani is also actively involved with a number of social causes, education and children rights being her most passionate causes.

The award-winning actress is known for her portrayal of strong women in most of her movies and has impressed the audience and critics on several occasions, winning the Filmfare Award seven times up until 2018.
Personal Life
Daughter of director Ram Mukherjee and singer Krishna Mukherjee, Rani is an alumna of Maneckji Cooper High School, Juhu, following which went on study Home Science at SNDT Women` University.

The actress was linked with a number of actors but nothing was ever confirmed. For years, there were talks about her relationship with YRF`s head honcho Aditya Chopra but the actress refused to comment on it. Years after the rumours first surfaced, Rani and Aditya got married in a private ceremony in Italy on the 21st of April, 2014. A year after their wedding, the two became parents to their first child together, Adira, who was born on the 9th of December, 2015.
Debut & Initial Years
A trained Odissi dancer, Rani was, in fact, not too keen on taking up acting as a career since she hailed from a filmy background and wanted to do something different. However, fate had its own plans and she ended up playing a small role in her father`s 1996 directorial venture the Bengali romantic comedy Biyer Phool. Before appearing in Biyer Phool, Salim Khan had offered Rani the lead role in the 1994 romantic drama Aa Gale Lag Jaa, which she declined because her father did not approve of her taking up acting as a full-time career. But when she was offered Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat in 1997, she took up the role upon her mother`insistence, which is when her acting career took off.

She played the role of a rape victim who has to marry her violator for justice in Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat. Although her performance garnered her immense praise, the movie bombed at the box office. She then planned to go back to studying, however, decided otherwise and was next cast opposite Aamir Khan in Vikram Bhatt`s crime action drama Ghulam (1998). While she did not have such a substantial role in the movie, the song `Aati Kya Khandala?` went on to become a rage and the movie marked Rani`s first commercially successful movie.

It was Karan Johar`s directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) that was a turning point in Rani Mukerji`s career. She played the role of the college bombshell Tina Malhotra in the movie, her performance in which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. Post the success of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Rani was flooded with offers and was seen in a string of average grossers such as Hello Brother, Badal, Hadh Kar Di Aapne, Bichhoo, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, and Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye.

Breakthrough & Beyond

After a string of unsuccessful movies, Rani`s breakthrough performance came with Shaad Ali`s directorial debut, the 2002 romantic drama Saathiya. Cast opposite Vivek Oberoi, Rani`s performance won her widespread recognition and critical acclaim so much so that she went on to win the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.

The following year, in 2003, Rani replaced Aishwarya Rai in Aziz Mirza`s romantic drama Chalte Chalte and starred opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Her portrayal of Priya won her a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actress. The movie was declared a hit and was also the fourth highest-grossing movie in the world in 2003. She was then seen in movies such as Yuva, Hum Tum, and Veer-Zaara (2004), all of which won her either Filmfare Awards or nominations.

Her most memorable performance on-screen continues to be that of a visually and speech-impaired girl Michelle McNally in Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s Black (2005). In order to prepare for her role, Rani, who had initially turned down the role because she found it way too challenging, visited the Helen Keller Institute in Mumbai. Citing Black to be one of her toughest and challenging performances, Rani was immensely praised for her work, in India as well as worldwide. The movie went on to win two National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards and was also listed as the fifth best of the year by TIME Magazine. Rani`s performance found itself a spot in Filmfare`s Top 80 Iconic Performances in Hindi Cinema.

Amidst all the controversy around the subject of her next film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), the movie went on to garner positive reviews from critics and was also a commercially successful movie. Rani essayed the role of Maya Talwar, a selfless woman who, although wasn`t in love with her husband, tried everything to keep the marriage going, extremely convincingly and went on to receive several nominations that year and various award functions. After a long, successive run at the box-office with some pathbreaking roles, Rani`s career saw a downhill with her appearing in Ta Ra Rum Pum, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, and Dil Bole Hadippa!.

Proving why she is one of Bollywood best actresses, Rani played the role of Meera Gaity, a robust journalist, in the biographical crime thriller No One Killed Jessica (2011), which is based on the Jessica Lal murder case. Her stellar performance in the movie won her the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. After playing the role of a quiet and lost mother and wife in Reema Kagti` psychological thriller Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012), Rani played the role of a daring and strong cop Shivani Shivaji Roy in Pradeep Sarkar`s crime thriller Mardaani in 2014.
Recent Projects
After a four-year-long sabbatical from the film industry, Rani Mukerji returned to the big screen with the 2018 drama Hichki, which features her in the role of Naina Mathur, a teacher who suffers from the Tourette syndrome. Her 2019 release includes Mardaani 2, directed by Gopi Puthran. She then featured in Bunty Aur Babli 2 (2022) and Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway (2023).
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Adira Chopra
Krishna Mukherjee
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Did You Know? (5)

  • In 1994, when Rani was just 14, producer Salim Akhtar approached her to play the female lead in his film Aa Gale Lag Jaa. But, her father turned down the offer as he felt that she was too young to enter the Hindi film industry.
  • Rani is the only actress to receive the Filmfare Award for The Best Actress and the Filmfare Award for The Best Supporting Actress in the same year. At the Filmfare Awards in 2005, she won an award in both the categories, for Kunal Kohli’s Hum Tum and for Mani Ratnam’s Yuva respectively.
  • In order to prepare for the role of Naina, who suffers from Tourette Syndrome in Hichki (2018), Rani Mukerji spent a lot of time with someone who suffered from the syndrome to pick up their mannerism.
  • The role of Tina Malhotra in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was written originally for Twinkle Khanna. However, Twinkle was not convinced to play the role opposite Kajol. The role was then offered to Rani Mukerji and it became one of the biggest hits of her career.
  • Rani Mukerji went on and promoted Hichki (2018) in five different languages - Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, Hindi, and Bhojpuri.
  • Personal Quotes (14)

  • "I am quite a dreamer. I think we all are dreamers. We all don't like to live a practical life all the time. There is a thin line between our hopes and dreams."
  • "I'm not bothered about what people say behind my back. I don't need to know about it. I believe in living my life and doing my work. God will give you success. And even if He doesn't, there's a lesson to be learned."
  • "It could get saturated or monotonous if I would do the same characters again and again. That is why, to save myself from that feeling, I take time out to choose roles that excite me."
  • "The one person whom I would like to be is Meryl Streep. Even at her age, she sits alongside the younger heroines at the Oscars with her name on the nominee list, and others around her wonder whether they still stand a chance."
  • "I have the wisdom of a 60-year-old. Also, it takes a lot for me to respect a person, so when a person has a body of work behind him, it draws my respect."
  • "Though I technically come from a film family, my father had stopped making films even before my brother and I were born. So I did not really grow up in a filmy environment. And when I was growing up, becoming an actress was still quite a taboo. And you may not believe this, but even my father did not want me to join films."
  • "My understanding of films was just as much as any young girl who watches Bollywood films. I had no idea about the whole process of filmmaking, about dialogue writing, scripts, screenplay etc. I had probably gone to two or three film shoots in my childhood."
  • "Every actor is alive because of his/her fans. I'm glad that my fans love me so much. I have an immense responsibility towards them. That's why I'm careful while signing a film. What is also important is to judge whether I would like to watch the film as an audience or not."
  • "A filmmaker chooses an actress keeping the best interest of the film in mind. If he doesn't cast you, it doesn't mean there's a personal agenda. Change is constant, and if you have agreed to be part of this industry, you will have to go with the change. The films and filmmakers, even the audience has changed."
  • "Every role is easy. As an actor it is my job to make my job easy. If I start hyperventilating about my roles, then how will I do it? So, with all my roles, somewhere I feel comfortable about them, and that is why I play them."
  • "I don't really get stuck in a time warp where, if my film is a success, I have to keep partying till the next one releases, or if my film is a flop, I keep wallowing in sorrow until the next comes my way. My hard work in each film is always there."
  • "Not all offers I get are exciting and inspiring. I would rather sit at home and not work than jump into mediocrity for the sake of just moving ahead. If its a good script, I would sacrifice my personal time and grab it."
  • "In reality, throughout your career, you have to make yourself interesting enough for people to be waiting to see your films. In my case, people are longing to see what I come out with next. That's my success."
  • "Marriage happens; it can't be planned. When it has to happen, it will happen. Normally, what we always believe is that however prepared you are, if it's not meant to happen, it won't. And however much we have not planned, it will still happen if it's destined."
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