Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji, who has been in the industry for over two decades, has always been known for her unconventional roles and choices. From playing a blind and deaf girl in Black to a teacher with Tourette syndrome in Hichki, Rani has never shied away from challenging herself and breaking stereotypes. In a recent discussion, Rani opened up about her journey, her characters, and her views on women’s representation in cinema.
Rani on standing by strong films and roles
Rani, who has worked with some of the best directors in Bollywood, said that she always believed in standing by strong films and roles, even if they did not get the expected response from the audience. She cited the example of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, a film that dealt with infidelity and unhappy marriages, and said that it was ahead of its time. “Sometimes, you may not get the (right) audience, but in the history of Indian cinema, it will always be remembered as a film that was ahead of its time,” she said.
Rani on making her characters real and believable
Rani also shared how she worked hard to make her characters real and believable, by focusing on their appearance, body language, and emotions. She said that she tried to understand the psychology and the emotional journey of her characters, and portray them with honesty and sensitivity. She said that she could play diverse roles, from Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to Michelle in Black, because she gave her 100% to each character.
Rani on talking about a woman’s wants and choices
Rani also expressed her opinion on the importance of talking about a woman’s wants and choices in cinema, and how films like Hum Tum and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna did that. She said that physical chemistry and love are often ignored or taken for granted in marriages, and women are expected to compromise and adjust. She said that films like these raised uncomfortable questions and opened the eyes of many people, who decided to be happy.
Rani on breaking the age barrier and acting till 80
Rani, who is 45 years old, said that she did not let age define her career or her choices. She said that she owed her longevity to her audience, who supported her throughout her journey. She said that she promised her audience that she would act till she was 80, and that no actor should be judged on the basis of their age. She said that she accepted her age gracefully, and did not try to look young all the time.