Early Life of Rani Mukerji
Born on March 21, 1978, Rani Mukerji has captured millions of hearts with her smile and acting prowess. Hailing from a Bengali origin, her father Ram Mukerji is a retired director and one of the founders of Filmalaya Studios. Her mother Krishna was a playback singer. Her brother Raja Mukerji is a producer turned director. Award winning Bengali actress Debashree Roy is her maternal aunt. Bollywood fame Kajol and Wake Up Sid director Ayan Mukherji happens to be her cousins. Rani was educated at the Maneckji Cooper High School and later did her graduation from SNDT Women’s University with a degree in Home Science. She is also a trained Odissi dancer and has been trained in the same since tenth grade. She also received training at Roshan Taneja’s acting institute.
Career of Rani Mukerji
While in school at the age of 14, Rani Mukerji did a cameo role in the Bengali cinema named Biyer Phool in the year 1992. As an adult, Rani made her debut with the movie, Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat in 1996. Rani Mukerji’s later release in 1998 was Ghulam opposite Aamir Khan, which did very well at the box office. Her biggest commercial success came with the movie, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998 directed by Karan Johar. She starred opposite to Shahrukh Khan and Kajol in that movie. Later she acted in films like Badal (2000) with Bobby Deol, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001) alongside Salman Khan and Preity Zinta and Mujhse Dosti Karoge (2002) opposite Hritik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor.
Rani Mukerji spread her magic with Saathiya in the year 2002, which was commercially and critically successful in the box-office. In 2003, she starred opposite Shahrukh Khan in the movie, Chalte Chalte which was a hit. In 2004, she gave a memorable performance in Kunal Kohli’s Hum Tum opposite Saif Ali Khan with the movie becoming the biggest hit of the year. In the same year she appeared in Yuva where her performance was critically acclaimed. Her movie of that year was Veer Zaara with Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta which again was a smashing hit. Her intense performance in the movie Black in the year 2005 with Amitabh Bacchan, was a path-breaking performance where she portrayed a deaf and a blind girl. She received various nominations for her acclaimed performance in the Best Actress category at all award ceremonies. She had other major releases in the same year such as Bunty Aur Babli, Paheli and Mangal Pandey: The Rising. Rani featured in many other movies like Babul (2006), Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006), Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007), Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2008), Saawariya (2008), Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008), Dil Bole Hadippa!( 2009). Her next film No One Killed Jessica in the year 2011 again was a hit at the box office.
In the following year she portrayed the lead role in Sachin Kundalkar’s Aiyyaa alongside Prithviraj. Although the film was critically and commercially unsuccessful, Rani’s performance met positive reviews. Another success came along Rani Mukerji’s way through the Reema Kagti’s psychological thriller Talaash: The Answer Lies Within in which she co-starred with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Next she starred in the anthology film Bombay Talkies which comprised four short films. The film was her fourth collaboration with the director Karan Johar and Rani appeared in the segment entitled Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh playing a journalist. The film got widespread critical acclaim with special mention for the Johar’s segment. Her subtlety in the film was well appreciated. Her 2014 venture was Pradeep Sarkar’s crime thriller Mardaani in which she appeared in the lead role of a Maharashtrian policewoman involved in a kidnapping case through which she exposes the secrets of human trafficking in India. She portrayed the character with a steely resolve coupled with an emotional depth earning applauses from the critics.
Other Ventures of Rani Mukerji
Rani Mukerji has been a stage performer and has also participated in world tours. Her first world tour was in the year 1999 with Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Akshaye Khanna and Twinkle Khanna. It was called the Magnificent Five. Five years later, Temptations 2004 came along. It was the most successful Bollywood concert in its time. She performed alongside Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal and Priyanka Chopra in nineteen stage shows across the world. In the year 2005 she was also honoured by the invitation of being the Guest of Honour at a state dinner to welcome and greet Pervez Musharraf in company of the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. She also appeared along with a host of other Bollywood celebrities at the Closing Ceremony of 2006 Commonwealth Games in the Australian city of Melbourne. She also enthralled the small screen audiences by her appearance on a reality show Amul Star Voice of India.
Rani Mukerji has also been actively involved in humanitarian causes including the issues faced by women and children. She was appointed as the ambassador for the joint venture of Procter and Gamble and the NGO Child Rights and You called Shiksha for endorsing the cause of children’s education. In 2011 she established a Stroke Treatment Fund, in collaboration with the Indian Stroke Association for paying off the treatment of financially deprived stroke-affected patients. She also participated in fundraising concert HELP! Telethon Concert for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. She was also a part of Temptations Reloaded concert of 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Personal Life of Rani Mukerji
Rani Mukerji is married to the renowned filmmaker Aditya Chopra. The couple got married on 21st April 2014 at a private ceremony in Italy.
Achievements of Rani Mukerji
Filmography of Rani Mukerji