Name: Rani Mukerji (Rani Mukherjee)
Birthday: 21st March, 1978
Marital status: Single
Awards: 3 Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, 2 Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance, 2 Filmfare Best Actress Award
Trivia: Rani Mukherji is a seven-time Filmfare Award-winning Indian film actress, the most wins by an Indian actress other than Nutan.
Rani Mukerji was offered the lead role in Hollywood film, The Namesake, but owing to clashing dates with Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, she couldn’t commit to Mira Nair’s project.
Rani Mukerji Biography
Wholesome and pretty with a distinctive voice, Rani Mukerji carries with her the familiarity of a girl next door.
Rani was born in a Bengali family that was heavily involved in films. Her father is Ram Mukherjee, a director and co-founder of Filmalaya Studios, while her mother Krishna was a playback singer. Her brother is producer-turned director-Raja Mukherjee. Her maternal aunt, Debashree Roy, is a National Award winning actress. Actors Kajol, Tanisha and Mohnish Behl are her cousins.
Mukerji studied at Maneckji Cooper High School in Juhu, Mumbai, and later enrolled at Mithibai College in Mumbai.
After doing a short appearance for the first time in her father’s Bengali film, Biyer Phool (1992), Rani made her acting debut five years later as the protagonist of Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat (1997). Rani tasted success with the 1998 film, Ghulam, opposite Aamir Khan. The song Aati Kya Khandala made Mukerji popular among the masses, earning her the nickname of the ‘Khandala Girl’. Karan Johar’s directorial debut, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, co-starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, followed in the same year. The movie was a massive hit.
After the initial success, all of Rani’s films that released in the following two years were average performers at the box-office. In 2000, her film with Kamal Haasan, Hey! Ram, was India’s official entry to the Oscars. Her film, Badal, with Bobby Deol, did well on the commercial front and her performance in Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega was nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.
In 2001, Mukerji starred in Abbas Mustan’s romantic drama Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, co-starring Salman Khan and Preity Zinta. The year 2002 saw a reversal in her fortunes with Saathiya. Of the films released in 2003, her performance in Chalte Chalte was well received. All three films that starred Rani in 2004, did well at the box office, be it portrayal of ‘Sashi Biswas’ in Yuva or her role in Hum Tum. Her role of a Pakistani lawyer in Yash Chopra’s Veer-Zaara was also appreciated by all.
In 2005, Rani Mukerji starred in four high-profile films: Black, Bunty Aur Babli, Paheli and The Rising. She was primarily noted for her performance in Black, for which she received numerous Indian awards. Her first release in 2006 was Karan Johar’s multi-starrer drama, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, and Ravi Chopra’s Baabul.
In 2007 she had films like Saawariya and Laga Chunari Mein Daag. Her only release in 2008, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, failed to do well. In 2009, Rani was seen in Dil Bole Hadippa!
Rani was last seen in the movie No One Killed Jessica in 2011. The film, as well as Mukerji’s uninhibited acting, received positive reviews. Rani won Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Award for this film. She will be next seen opposite Aamir Khan in Talaash.