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Rani Mukerji Biography

•Full Name- Rani Mukerji  
•Born- 21st March, 1978 in Calcutta (Kolkata) West Bengal.
•Nicknames- Rani
•Relationship status- Single
•Professional Career-
•First Film- Cameo performance in Bengali Film ‘Biyer Phool’
•First Film- Raja Ki Aayegi  Baraat (1997)
•Years present- (1997- present)
•Height- 5’3

Rani Mukerji, after leading ladies in the industry also experienced a time of critical acclaim when there was virtually a drought in terms of commercial success. However the last few years the actress has made a hard hitting comeback and hinted and has been extremely selective in terms of her scripts and the projects.  She set for two back to back releases and is eager to prove a point. However no one can reminisce the distinctive that the actress has rendered to her roles.

Rani Mukerji Early Life- Rani Mukerji  was born into a family that was deeply affiliated to cinema.  Her father Ram Mukerji  is a retired film director and founder of the Filmalaya Studios, while her mother Krishna was a playback Singer. Her brother is a producer turned director Raja Mukerji and her maternal aunt Debashree Mukerji  is national award winning actress. Her cousins are Kajol, Tanisha and Mohnish Behl.  Rani schooled at the Maneckji Cooper High School in Juhu, Mumbai and later enrolled in Mithibhai College.

Rani Mukerji Film Career- The actress started her film career doing a small role in her father’s film Biyer Phool (1992). Rani made her appearance in a Hindi film five years later with the film Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat (1997). Her performance as a rape victim was well accepted but however the film fared poorly at the box office.  Rani then went on to do the film Ghulam (1998) opposite Aamir Khan. The film did moderate business at the box office; however the film song "Aati Kya Khandala" was noticed.  However Rani Mukerji  tasted success with Karan Johar’s Directorial debut “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”. The film starred ShahRukh Khan, Kajol. The film was a massive commercial hit.

However two years following the movies the actress films fared average at the box office. In 2000 she starred opposite Kamal Hassan in the film Hey Ram which was commercially acclaimed the world over and was India’s official entry for the Oscars in the subsequent year. Her next Film Badal (2001) opposite Bobby Deol did not do that well at the box office. However her performance in Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega fetched a nomination for best supporting actress. In the same year she also did Abbas Mustan’s romantic drama Chori Chori Chupke Chupke alongside Salman Khan and Preity Zinta.

The actress then starred in Saathiya which was commercial success. Of the films that the actress did in the year 2003, the film Chalte Chalte opposite Shah Rukh Khan was well accepted.  Her films Yuva and Hum tum, Veera Zaara (2004) that she did well at the box office. Her role of Pakistani Lawyer in the film Veer Zaara which was well accepted by critics. In the following year 2005 the actress starred in high profiles films like Black, Bunty aur Babli and Mangal Pandey the rising. Her performance in the film Black is considered as one of the best in her career where she essayed the role of a bilnd and deaf women. Critics showered praise on her for her performance.

Bunty aur Babli was a commercial hit and Mangal Pandey the rising saw the actress essayed a the role of a prostitute and  a village women in the movie Paheli that saw her was well accepted. The year was also specially as Rani Mukerji  appeared in different films doing different role and did complete just to characterization of her characters. In the following year she starred in the multistarrer Kabhi Alvidha Na Kehna (2006). The film opened up to mixed reviews at the box office but was an international hit grossing in the foreign markets. Baabul which was the actress’s second film that year also did farely well. 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!, Although these string of films was a testament of Rani’s skill as an actress that did not do commercial well. Critics were halfhearted in their praises. The actress did not do any film in the year 2010. Rani Mukerji  returned to the box office with No One killed Jessica. Based on the infamous Jesssica Lall murder case. Critics appraised the actress for her inhibited acting in the role of broadcast journalist. Rani won Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Award for this film.

Rani Mukerji Upcoming Movies- The actress has two back to back releases slated for the year end. Firstly Aiyyaa where she essays the role of Marathi girl who falls in love with a Tamil boy. Her love interest is played by South Indian hunk and newcomer Prithviraj. Her next Film Taalash Starring opposite Aamir Khan which is slated for release on the 30th November 2012. She has also lent her voice for the character of Tina in Koochie Koochie Hota Hai which is animated version of her first hit film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Rani Mukerji personal life-  Rani Mukerji  has always being tight lipped as far as her relationships are concerned and about her personal life.  Despite constant speculation and media hounding she has refused to clarify on these personal issues.  However at one point in time the actress clarified that she is now even more open to the media. Another fact about Rani Mukerji  is that she uses the English transliteration of Mukerji  instead of Mukerji . However she is has not clarified about her stand on this fact.  She is completely reclusive and resides in Juhu with her parents.  Now she is reported to be dating Aditya Chopra.

Rani Mukerji Philanthropy- Rani Mukerji has lent her support for charitable causes. In March 2004, Mukerji visited the desert of Rajasthan, where she spent a day at the army training base to boost the morale of the jawan troops. The visit was conducted for a NDTV show, Jai Jawan, on which entertainers and actors visit Indian troops. In February 2005, Mukerji performed at the HELP! Telethon Concert to help raise money for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake alongside several other Bollywood stars. She also interacted with children during the filming of her filming Black

Rani Mukerji Quotes-
•Her intention of doing films- “I am here to act, entertain and make good films. I don't want to work hard for a film which does not even get released. I will cooperate with my director and help him make a good film. I get disappointed if my co-actors don't put in as much as I do. Today I am looking for banners and costars who have the same goal as me --- to work towards making a good film with dedication. I have made mistakes in my career, but that is just the learning process.”
•On both Shah Rukh and Aamir- “Both Shah Rukh and Aamir have taught me a lot. I used to be their fan. I had seen all their movies. Once I had even taken Aamir's autograph! Then all of a sudden, I was facing the camera with him! The way these two looked after me and saw me through my initial scenes is something I can never forget.”
•On  Awards- “Awards at each different stage have a special meaning and significance. They mean differently to everyone. When you get an award at the start of your career, it definitely is a stepping stone, and in the middle stages, awards become a source of inspiration, a source of happiness. It is a memento of something that is probably well deserved for the amount of effort put in. Filmfare Awards are something to be proud of. When one gets a Filmfare Award, people know an actor has arrived.”
•On herself- “I don't party, I don't get drunk and I don't have affairs. So all my passion goes into my work.”
•On the challenges of doing Black- “Black changed my life. After interacting with the challenged, I learnt how not to complain. Even with a handicap, it is still possible to achieve your dreams. With Black I got a chance to meet a whole new world of people. I did not even know they existed till Sanjay told me about them.”
•Her perspective on films-“  I have become cautious. There is no fixed formula. Today audience's sensibilities are sharp. You can't feed them rubbish. They want to watch good films. The script has to be appealing. Even if it is larger than life, it has to be realistic. Audiences have to identify with what you are showing.”
•Perspective-“ I compete with myself.”

Rani Mukerji Controversies- Though the actress has stayed away from the glare of the media she has been no stranger as far as controversy is concerned. Rani Mukerji has been linked up to actors Govinda and Abhishek Bachchan.  She has never spoken and clarified about such issues.  The actress shared a very friendly relationship with co actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan that soured. The reasons for the souring of friendship are still oblivious. In terms of work related controversies the actress had made a statement in an interview that she regarded Adolph Hitler as her role model.

She was forced to make a public apology. During the filming of her movie Laga Chunari Mein Daag at Banaras her security guards thrashed the crowd that gathered. She was again asked to make a public apology. In her film No One Killed Jessica she received flak for the cussing. There was also a particular scene when the actress made an indecent gesture. To avoid further speculations about the scene, the board issued a statement that this is not apt for family viewing especially if the obscene gestures would not be censored.

Rani Mukerji Car Collection- Rani Mukherjee is a proud owner of a Mercedes Benz E-class. With a price tag of Rs 44 lacs, the car features impeccable style and remarkable performance.

Rani Mukerji Latest news-

Rani Confident of Aiyyaa
The actress was confident of next box office release Aiyyaa. Commenting on the same the actress said the movie would spark a trend and change of perspective in the industry.  Apart from changing the age old stereotypes associated with south Indians the films would provide a change of perspective.  The film which stars Rani Mukerji and Prithviraj releases on 18th October ,2012.

Rani Mukerji Awards-
The awards have been arranged in Descending order. The actress has  52 of the 92 awards in which she has been nominated so far.

2011- Dadasaheb Phalke Awards for Outstanding Performance in No One Killed Jessica
2010- Spa Awards     Diva Award
2010- Best Actress (Critic's Choice) for      Dil Bole Hadippa
2009- V. Shantaram AwardsBest Heroine for Dil Bole Hadippa
2009- Indian Telly Awards for     TV Ki Raani
2009- Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for No one killed Jessica
2007 - Popular Award - Best Actress in a Leading Role for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)
2006 - Popular Award - Best Actress in a Leading Role for Black (2005)
2006 - Popular Award - Best Actresss in a Leading Role for Hum Tum (2004)
2006 - Popular Award - Best Actresss in a Supporting Role for Veer-Zaara (2004)
2006 - Filmfare Award - Best Actress for Black (2005)
2006 - Filmfare Award - Best Actress Critics for Black (2005)
2005 - Filmfare Award - Best Actress for Hum Tum (2004)
2005 - Filmfare Award - Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Yuva (2004)
2003 - Filmfare Award - Best Actress Critics for Saathiya (2002) Tied with Manisha Koirala for Company (2002).
1999 - Filmfare Award - Best Supporting Actress for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
2007 - Screen - Jodi No. 1 for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) Shared with Shahrukh Khan
2006 - Screen -  Best Actress for Black (2005)
2006 - Screen -  Jodi No. 1 for Bunty Aur Babli (2005) Shared with Abhishek Bachchan
2005 - Screen -  Best Actress for Hum Tum (2004)
2005 - Screen -  Best Supporting Actress for Yuva (2004)
2003 - Special Jury Award - Best Actress for Saathiya (2002)
1997 - Special Award - Best Fresh Talent for Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat (1997)
2006 - Popular Award - Best Actress for Black (2005)
2005 - Popular Award - Best Actress for Hum Tum (2004)
1999 - Popular Award - Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
1999 - Lux Face of the Year

Other Awards
2004: Rajiv Gandhi Award for her achievement in films.
2009: Mukerji was among the ten recipients of IIFA-FICCI Frames' award for Most Powerful Entertainers of the Decade.
2011: Kelvinator Gr8 Women Achievers Award Actor of the Decade
2011: 2nd Annual India Leadership Conclave 2011 Actress of the Decade
2011: Young Women Achievers Award Excellence in Cinema


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