Rani Mukerji

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Rani Mukerji in 2013

Rani Mukerji (born March 21, 1978) is an Indian actress who works in Bollywood movies.

Famous Quotes

  • 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.
    • rediff.com. Rani: I am an entertainer. Retrieved on 1 June, 2006.
  • 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.
  • Shahrukh is someone I can aways count on. Same is the case for both Karan and Salman. And Aamir, who I have immense respect for. To be honest, I'm still a bit in awe of him![citation needed]
  • 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.
    • filmfare.com. What do Filmfare Awards mean to me?. Retrieved on 23 April, 2006.
  • And if I was found to be good for two awards, it doesn't mean I should be given just one just to make the awards look more democratic.[citation needed]
  • I don't party, I don't get drunk and I don't have affairs. So all my passion goes into my work.
  • Getting up at odd hours to catch flights. I hate the long hours of waiting. There are times when one is continuously travelling, from one city to another, hopping from one studio to another or changing from one costume to another. It is annoying, but after a point, one learns to be immune to one’s surroundings.
  • Catfights? What catfights? There is a healthy rivalry between me and other actresses but no one’s ever been bitchy. Kareena Kapoor is a cool girl. As for Preity Zinta, we share an on-screen rapport but we were never friends.[citation needed]
  • after the release of 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.[citation needed]
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • I have been into Odissi for over a decade now. I started around the time I was in standard X. I started dancing with Meenakshi Seshadri. My guru Pandit Ravindra Attibuthi has also taught Meenakshi and Hema Malini.[citation needed]
  • I don't let gossip about my alleged affairs with Abhishek (Bachchan) or Govinda bother me anymore. People have even married me off to Karan Johar! The rumors about Govinda did make me furious. I felt sorry for Sunitaji. As far as Abhishek goes, I’m not dating him. I have no time for dates.
  • I love daal chawal. I am not a restaurant person. I enjoy home food a lot.
    • mid-day.com. Rani's Food Choice. Retrieved on 4 November, 2006.
  • [On her fallout with Abhishek Bachchan] The truth is if someone chooses not to invite you to their wedding you realize where you stand with that person. You may be deluded and think you are friends but maybe that friendship was only extended as co-stars on the sets. It doesn't matter. It became very clear to me that we were only co-stars not friends. tollywoodlife.com. Rani Mukherji Celebrates Her 44th Birthday!. Retrieved on 28 March, 2022.

The Actress' Take On Films

  • Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak: I was in school when I fell in love with the Aamir-Juhi pair. It was my first experience of love on-screen.[citation needed]
  • I love Titanic because the love in the movie was pure, real, passionate and unconditional... the way the love story culminated in catastrophe was phenomenal. I love DDLJ and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai for being so over the top and yet so believable for us youngsters... I love Black for being such a sublime love story between and a teacher and his student. It was a love much beyond the ordinary.
  • When Karan wanted my voice to be dubbed for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, I really thought that it was a bad idea, but slowly I worked to improve my diction, and now I'm quite comfortable with it.[citation needed]
  • The kiss with Kamal Haasan [in Hey! Ram] was mechanical. He was constantly checking the right angle. Where was the passion?[citation needed]
  • I am in the profession of acting and so to suit the character I sometimes have to indulge in kissing and provocative scenes. I have never felt comfortable shooting for kissing sequences. Although, kissing scenes like the ones in Yuva with Abhishek Bachchan and in Hum Tum with Saif were shot in an aesthetic manner. I am still pretty much uncomfortable performing such scenes.[citation needed]
  • Yes. Women characters are once again assuming significance in films. Karan Johar, Sanjay Bhansali and Yash uncle conceive wonderful women characters. In the ’50s and ’60s, Bimal Roy and Guru Duttji wrote beautiful roles for heroines. You couldn’t take your eyes off a close-up of Waheedaji, Nargisji, Nutanji or Meenaji. Times are changing again. The Bhansali-shot close-ups of Ash and Madhuri in Devdas were awesome.[citation needed]
  • For me, a director is more important than a big banner. A great director can do wonders. Of course, banners do matter because, ultimately, after all the hard work you put it, the film must release. This will happen only if you work with a good banner or a producer who markets your film well, gives the director whatever he wants, and releases the film.
  • I’m happy Black is a hit. It marks my hat-trick after Hum Tum and Veer-Zaara.[citation needed]
  • It would be very unfair to compare "Black" with any other film. I can't do a role of a handicapped person. It'd look like a carryover of "Black". Every film is a new experience for me. I respect my work too much to act superior about other films. "Black" is a kind of film that comes once in a lifetime. Even Sanjay [Leela Bhansali] can't make it again.[citation needed]
  • on her character in The Rising (2005).
    • See, my role started as a cameo. I was supposed to play the widow (Jwala's character) - yes, the one Aishwarya Rai was supposed to play. Now, Amisha Patel has been signed for the role since I opted for a different character in the movie when offered to me. When I read the script, I fell in love with the small role of the prostitute. There were two or three very good scenes. The script underwent a change, and I got more space than before. But it's still a cameo - nothing like what Smita Patil did with Ketan Mehta in Mirch Masala, though I wish had.[citation needed]
    • Though I play a tawaif, I don't have a central role like Meena Kumari in Pakeezah or Rekha in Umrao Jaan. Mangal Pandey is completely about the title character.[citation needed]
    • Yes, and I was really looking forward that. I got a chance not only to do a mujra but also to be choreographed by Saroj Khan.[citation needed]
  • On the Ash Replacement Controversy in Chalte Chalte (2003).
    • As a matter of fact, and I have said this before, I was the original choice for this role. Shah Rukh spoke to me about the film during Asoka. I didn’t have dates, so Ash replaced me. When she couldn’t do the film for whatever reason, Shah Rukh asked me to do it. I love Aamir and Shah Rukh in a different way. When Shah Rukh asks, I can’t say no.[citation needed]

Rani On Celebrities

  • On the Khans
    • Aamir Khan is an intelligent actor with an eye for detail. He places the film above every individual or ego. Shah Rukh Khan is an extremely focused actor. His energy is infectious and his attachment with people he works with, admirable. In my early films with him when I was still young I used to feel distracted and he would hit me to make me concentrate. Salman Khan of course is the true-blue superstar. He is a combination of child and a man. He is extremely good-looking and extremely popular. Everyone just loves to love him.
    • The Khans are lucky for me. I owe a lot to them. Today if Shah Rukh asks me to do even a walk-on shot in one scene for his film, I’ll do it for him. And in a weird sense I call Aamir my Guru. I have learnt so much from his personal and professional life, that in many ways I idolise the way he conducts himself, and follow his footsteps. When I worked with him in ‘The Rising’, it felt like giving a shot with my best friend. Even my pairing with Saif has been so refreshing that it worked magically lucky for us - it should work again in Tara Rum Pum.
    • They are my seniors. All of us have become close buddies. I look up to all of them, they are like my back-slapping pals. They have been my inspiration. I always take all the good suggestions given by them. For better performance I believe a process to give and take enriches the scene and thus enhances the state of a film. However, there is room for discussion and with friendship and great rapport things turn out to be the best. Having worked with them has only increased my love and respect for the Khans. Working with them makes it easy for me to give my best. It’s mutual admiration now.
  • On Aamir Khan:
    • He was my hero in Ghulam. After that there was a long gap until Mangal Pandey. In between he did want me for Lagaan. Today, we're very close friends. The equation is different. I remembered how he used to show me to do scenes. He still tells me how to do my scenes.
    • I admit I did Mangal Pandey for Aamir. I can never say no to Aamir or Shahrukh.[citation needed]
  • On Shahrukh Khan:
    • He treats me like a child, tells me how to face the camera. He constantly motivates me to give my best. His dedication and focus have shown me how to conduct my own career.[citation needed]
    • It’s always a delight working with Shah Rukh. I started my career with him and from then till today…there’s been no change in him. I absolutely love him and have great respect for him, as a person and as an actor. He guides me, even scolds me at times when I have to get the shot right, above all…he inspires me to give in my best.
  • On Salman Khan
    • Salman is absolutely adorable. I really love him as he is always himself. I only laugh when I am with him, he is so entertaining. He is a rockstar. When he comes on screen, not only the common man but we actors also clap and whistle for him and say, ‘Star aa gaya’. He is so good looking. When he passes by, you actually stop to turn and look at him. When I saw the promos of Dabangg, I called him and both of us went completely mad. He is a cult figure. Just as the South has Rajinikanth, we have Salman!
    • Salman was so sweet. He helps you whenever you're in trouble, whether thats personally or professionally. He'll help you with your scenes in the film, with your dialogs and also give friendly advice. I have worked with him in a few films and it's always been great. I'm looking forward to working with him again![citation needed]
    • [on the Vivek and Salman row] This really doesn't have much to do with me so I can hardly comment on it. But from my side I can say that Salman was and always will be a sweet co star and friend of mine and I don't believe in the accusations made against him. However, you have to hand it to him for handling the situation so well. Vivek and I were co stars in Saathiya and I guess our chemistry worked but personally I'm not close to him. He's my brothers friend from school, not mine.
    • I absolutely enjoy working with Salman because I completely agree with the fact that he is the original rockstar. Nobody else is a rockstar quite like him and there is simply nobody else like him. He’s one of the most amazing actors we’ve got because the way he switches on and switches off with the camera is incredible. He becomes someone else when the camera is on and is somebody else when it’s off. He could be joking, playing around and saying something out of this planet before a shot and suddenly, with the lights, he’s all there; and that’s very difficult for an actor. Salman is a great actor because he can just transform into anybody. Full marks to him. My rapport with him, from the first day has been super. Maybe because we’re both alike - truthful, honest - so he and we connect.
  • On Saif Ali Khan:
    • He's such a focused and committed actor!
    • It's so wonderful working with him. What fun we had! Saif and I have grown together as actors. Hum Tum was a breakthrough film for both of us. It got me my first best actress award. The film bonded us. He has come a long way from Hum Tum to Ta Ra Rum Pum.
    • He's a fantastic actor because he is so unpredictable. I really saw a gradual change in him from Hum Tum to Ta Ra Rum Pum when I worked with him now. He's growing everyday as an actor. He's becoming completely flawless.[citation needed]
    • Saif is a brilliant actor, undoubtedly. He is one of my favorites and I enjoy watching him on screen. Both of us agree we have great chemistry onscreen that stems from our off screen rapport. We trust each other as actors. While shooting we never tried to outdo each other. The other day we were watching the preview if our film and, at the end, we both agreed that we look so hot together.
  • On Madhuri Dixit:
    • I remember Beta making a huge impact on me. I had gone completely mad about Madhuri after seeing the movie.[citation needed]
    • I was one of the fortunate ones to go for her wedding. And I was deeply shattered. But I was of course happy for her also. For all us fans, you know, when Madhuri used to do a film, it used to make a difference for all of us. Because there’s nobody like Madhuri, she’s like the legend.
      • youtube.com. Rani on Madhuri Dixit. Retrieved on 28 June, 2007.
  • On Hema Malini:
    • I think she’s a goddess. I completely adore her as a human being. For me, just being with her on the sets of Babul was so enriching; because I had her and all seniors - Amitji, Ravi uncle - all sitting and chatting about their heydays and I used to laugh. They are so rich in history and more than that they’re such wonderful human beings. I really cherish the moments when I used to sit with Hemaji and chat normally about life, the way she used to bless me, tell me about her experiences of being the No. 1 star of her times, awesome. Her smile is so warm that when she enters any room with it, she has everyone falling at her feet. She is truly the stuff of dreams and legends.[citation needed]
  • On Amitabh Bachchan:
    • My relationship with Amit uncle - personally and professionally - is very strong because we’re are extremely fond of each other. I completely adore him, I look upon him as an idol and I really respect him because of the person that he is, the kind of actor he is. He’s been my favourite actor since ages. But the kind of chemistry, the rapport I started sharing with him is as if I’ve been working with him forever. It’s been that great and the way we connect onscreen is unbelievable. So everything, from Black to Babul, that we’ve done, has been extremely wonderful and a really nice experience.
  • On Abhishek Bachchan:
    • The thing about me and Abhishek is that we are such close pals that our chemistry works on the big screen. That’s why after Bunty Aur Babli, Karan Johar has signed us both in a film together.
  • On Hrithik Roshan:
    • We get along really well. Besides having a similar pattern of working, it's important to establish a comfort level between co actors. Mujhse Dosti Karoge was one big picnic. Since Hrithik and I were comfortable with each other I would tell him whether a particular scene was shot well or not. We are more friends then co stars. I would tell him to redo a scene if I thought it was not good or if there was something missing. Hrithik takes my suggestions seriously.
  • On Preity Zinta:
    • Preity is a lovely co-star. All our films together have worked. She keeps joking that she'll put me in her wedding picture to ensure her marriage remains a superhit.
      • nowrunning.com. There are no differences with Preity: Rani. Retrieved on 21 June, 2006.
  • On John Abraham
    • John is very sweet. He always mentions me in all his interviews; saying that he’s really fond of me. He says that he thinks of me as one of his favourite actors- its very nice. I’ve seen John’s growth from his first film to Baabul and beyond. I think he’s grown as an actor and of course he has become one of the most sought after stars today. I see girl fans who’re crazy about him. I feel good about that and I always believe that good people get good things in life - John is one of them Rani quotes.
  • On Sanjay Leela Bhansali:
    • Bhansali is a very sensitive director. The way he approaches every aspect of filmmaking is awe-inspiring. 'Black' is his baby. It's certainly not an easy subject to direct and he has shown his class by giving the film such a sensitive treatment.
      • bollyvista.com. Black has been a wonderful experience!. Retrieved on 21 June, 2006.

The Directors' Notes On Rani

  • Kunal Kohli, director Hum Tum:
    • You wouldn't even realise the power in the scene you have written till you see her perform it on-screen.
  • Yash Chopra, director Veer-Zaara:
    • The ease with which she emotes is amazing. Her understanding of the character and its execution is the key.
  • Karan Johar, director Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna:
    • Rani Mukerji is someone I appreciate for various reasons. I love Rani as a person and a performer. Her "Black" is a landmark performance. I don't think she can ever do it again which is so unfortunate.[citation needed]
    • She is an amazing talent who has become one of our finest actresses. I feel proud to have been part of the process.
    • All these years she has been in touch with me nearly every day without expecting anything in return. She's like my kid sister. I feel that much more for her because her love for me is unconditional. That eclipses her other equally important ability as an actor. Her strengths as human being will always be more important to me. Today she's a rock-solid professional.
    • I’ve just gone through a life-changing experience. It’s called Black… Mr Bachchan’s is the best performance I’ve seen by a male actor. And Rani? My God! When I remember how I’d scream instructions at her during Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, I wonder what I was doing! Rani has surpassed not just her contemporaries but almost everything done by actresses in our cinema in the last 50 years.

Stars Talk About Rani

  • Aamir Khan, co-star Ghulam:
    • If a star comes closest to holding the sway that Madhuri Dixit or Kajol did, it's Rani. She pays attention to her work, has matured and become experienced with time.
    • Rani is one of my closest friends, we can talk about anything.[citation needed]
    • She has very expressive eyes through which she conveys a lot. She has a great understanding of the scene, is able to catch the right key.
  • Salman Khan, actor:
    • I have known Rani for a long time. She is a fantastic actress. She is one of the amazing girls in the industry.[citation needed]
    • She knows who she is and what she can do. After a long time Bollywood has got an actress like Rani. She is naughty, masti khor and a wonderful friend. She has taken acting as her career and given her 100%. Somehow Rani has acting in her genes.
    • [Speaking about Rani on Big Boss Season 4] She is one of the best actresses we have in the country... And an amazing dancer... Look at that smile! Love you, Rani.
    • I have worked with Rani in three films. She wasn’t taken seriously, initially. But now her talent is there for all to see. She is the only actress who has incredible comic timing. Even though she sported ugly glasses and had an awkward gait in Black, her performance was simply amazing. She doesn’t stoop to manipulation or backbiting. Now I can confidently say, she is here to stay.
    • [When asked who the best actresses of the current crop were]There's Rani, then there's Preity, Aishwarya and Priyanka are very good... And then the new girls like Lara and Katrina. [When asked who was the best] As an actor? Rani Mukerji.
  • Shahrukh Khan, co-star Chalte Chalte:
    • I don’t think I would've been an actor without Kajol being a part of my films and my life. And I don’t think I would continue acting if Rani wasn’t a part of films either. I think perhaps in seventeen years they sum up my career as the most beautiful career.[citation needed]
    • [When speaking to Rani in a show] I've known you since the time you started, I'm very fond of you...I love you! We've done different kinds of roles together. Chalte Chalte I think was very interesting, KKHH was interesting because you had just started out...It's wonderful to see you evolve as an actor over the years and personally I do believe that Rani Mukerji is the best actress in the country in the last 16 years.[citation needed]
    • Rani has looked her career best in Paheli. For myself, Aziz and Juhi; Rani is the only leading lady for our production house. She is the best actress we have had in I'd say the past 16 years![citation needed]
    • Very few people know this. Now that she's successful, I can take credit for it. I spotted Rani in the promo of her first film and recommended her to Karan for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. I insisted that he at least meet Rani and when he did, he wasn't impressed. He wanted someone taller and Western looking. After much deliberation, he decided to try her out. They straightened her hair, did her make up and gave her a mini-skirt for the KMG song. That's where it all started. When I first saw her dancing, I realised she's a better dancer than me. She looked fantastic when she walks in with that guitar in the song!
    • Right from the start, director Aziz Mirza wanted Rani. She heard a full narration of the script before me. But she was doing what she thought was a similar film [Saathiya]. Though I had worked with her in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, I had never done a full-fledged role with her. She began her career with me in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. She was supposed to do Dil Se with me as well. Chalte Chalte has given her a role worthy of her talent.[citation needed]
    • Rani Mukerji has the most beautiful eyes in the world.[citation needed]
  • Madhuri Dixit:
    • I think she is a very good actress. I have always liked her and I envy her in a way because my dad is a big fan of hers.
      • indiafm.com. KWK: Madhuri on Rani. Retrieved on 28 June, 2007.
    • Guests I would want over for lunch… Shahrukh, because he’s a very sweet guest and will appreciate your efforts even if the food doesn’t taste great. And Rani because we really get along well. I’m sure she will cook half the lunch and it will taste fantastic![citation needed]
  • Kajol, actress:
    • I thought she (Rani) was very very good in the film (KANK).[citation needed]
    • It’s really nothing like that. It’s more like she’s Tanisha’s age. You know, she’s basically in another, for me, it’s like another generation. For me, she’s like a younger sister.[citation needed]
    • I’m not surprised and I’m not shocked. And yes, I am very happy that she’s achieved what she’s achieved. I really think that she’s a fantastic actress.[citation needed]
  • Saif Ali Khan, co-star Hum Tum:
    • Rani is extremely photogenic.[citation needed]
    • My favourite actresses of all time are (named 2 Hollywood actresses) and Rani Mukerji.
    • My favourite costars are Kajol and now Rani Mukerji. They're very natural actresses and act spontaneously."
    • Rani is a great co-star, love working with her I think our chemistry is special, and Hum Tum was a great film and now with Kunal Kohli now again we have just done another movie just now so I am really looking forward to that she is a great actor.[citation needed]
    • Rani is a fantastic actor. Aditya Chopra, the producer, always says that we work well together because she tends to sort of ground me and I make her a little more Westernised. I think we do share an interesting chemistry on screen. I have a lot of respect for her. Out of most people that I have met in the industry she is very real, very down to earth and very family-oriented and a strong valued girl.[citation needed]
    • I agree I have great screen chemistry with Rani. I was watching ‘Hum Tum’ the other day and I just think it’s a magical movie in parts. I think she’s a phenomenal actor and she brings something really special to the screen, for which I respect her a lot. It is competitive for me to be working with her because I actually want to be better than her because she is so very good.[citation needed]
    • She is I think the best actress I have worked with, and there's something about her aura that really matches mine and makes us look great together onscreen. Working with such a great co-actor pushes you to act even better because you want to do better then them.
  • Aishwarya Rai, actress:
    • She is also a very very warm girl, very very friendly, very easy-going.[citation needed]
  • Sushmita Sen, co-star Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai:
    • Rani was fabulous in Saathiya, you can't imagine anyone else but her in the role.[citation needed]
  • Amitabh Bachchan, co-star KANK:
    • We've been cast in very unusual roles in Black. And then in KANK we were a very different kind of father-in-law and daughter-in-law. And now we play another very different and unusual father-in-law and daughter-in-law in Baabul. I guess we're lucky to have our acting talents being tested in such unusual ways. I'm very fortunate to get such unusual opportunities. Rani is a terrific co-star and it’s a pleasure to work with her. All of us— Jaya, Abhishek and I are very fond of her.[citation needed]
    • She's a very caring girl and a thorough professional on camera.[citation needed]
    • She's a very caring person. She's my favourite.
  • Jaya Bachchan:
    • I think Kajol is a natural. And I think Rani is a very well-crafted actress. She knows her craft very well.[citation needed]
  • Kareena Kapoor, actress:
    • Rani and me go back a long way. She is actually someone I really, really love.
    • I think, firstly, she, like, made the most amazing pair with Saif. There was such a dearth in the industry when she was not working in between. Like whenever I see Hum Tum - whenever Saif sees a film, a love story, he always says, "My God. Rani Mukerji." She is such a fantastic actress. She is a true talent and I love her. Besides, personally also, I think she's fantastic. I love talking to her. We always share a few laughs whenever we meet. So I really, really do, honestly, love Rani.
  • Priyanka Chopra, actress:
    • Rani is a fantastic person. We got along famously during the world tour, when we performed together. She is also not a party animal and very much a family person like me. Rani is a wonderful actor and I admire her even more after watching her performance in Black.[citation needed]
  • Bipasha Basu, actress:
    • And the fact is that John and I are both die-hard Rani Mukerji fans. She’s the most fantastic actress around. And for heaven's sake it has nothing to do with the fact that we’re Bengali.[citation needed]
    • Some will like me, some won’t. For every Amisha Patel, there’s a Rani Mukerji. I’d rather focus on Rani.[citation needed]
  • Preity Zinta, co-star Chori Chori Chupke Chupke:
    • I think Rani is a very good actor. I have always liked her performances. I have always liked the way she works. And it's really nice because when there are good actors, you obviously want to do better and if there is quality, then it gives you a better chance to do things better. So I think yes, her work affects me in a very positive way. Because in some way out of all the actors I've worked with, out of my generation of actors, my contemporaries, I think she is the best.[citation needed]
    • Rani won the award for best actress and I was happy for her. She is a wonderful actress and deserved to win. Rani & I work well together in films. We are not good good friends but we are friends. Rani is a great actress & she has a number of good films coming up.All I can say is that Rani is very friendly to me when I see her; in fact she's very sweet to me.
    • She's my good luck charm. Every film we did together was a big hit. I am sure 'Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna' would also be a success.
  • Anil Kapoor, actor
    • Hi, Rani. It was wonderful working with you but more than that, it has been wonderful knowing you as a person. What I admire about you, and what really touches me, is the way you look after your mother and father. That shows the kind of person you are. God will always give you great success.
  • John Abraham, co-star Baabul:
    • She's my most favourite actress. She is wonderful, beautiful and ethereal on screen. Rani has an earthiness and a voice that can never be dublicated. Whenever I see her walk on to the stage to collect her Best Actress trophy, I know she fully deserves it.[citation needed]
    • I'm a Rani fan. So, I obviously find Rani everything that is nice and everything that is sexy.[citation needed]
    • Rani's got a very earthy kind of sex appeal.[citation needed]
    • Rani Mukherjee is my most favourite actress. I’m working with her in Baabul. She is very bubbly and fun loving between shots. In an intense scene when she looks you into your eyes and cries, you really understand what she’s conveying to you. She has beautiful eyes. Rani has helped me make an honest effort to perform my best. She’s a very nice person and that’s what I really like about her.
  • Ranveer Singh, actor
    • I'd like to work with Rani Mukerji because she is a great actress and I can learn a lot from her.[citation needed]
  • Anushka Sharma, actress
    • I love Rani Mukerji for the way she has handled her career. ‘Saathiya’ and ‘Yuva’ are my favourite movies.[citation needed]
    • Rani is my most favourite actress. She is irreplaceable. She is one of the best actresses to have ever graced Indian cinema.[citation needed]
  • Sonam Kapoor, actress
    • I think Rani Mukerji is soon going to be a legend. She is one of the very few spontaneous actresses and above all a very good human being. I’ve learnt a lot from her. She respects everybody and treats the entire crew equally. She is very self confident and she is a ‘phataka’.[citation needed]
    • Rani Mukerji is brilliant, she's my favourite actor. It is a pleasure and a great learning experience to watch her act, and she is one of my great friends and has been a huge pillar of strength for the last 8-9 years, to my family and me.[citation needed]
    • From Rani, I learnt patience. How to be always on time, to be extremely professional, to be spontaneous as well as measured. And to respect other actors, which she does. She gives a lot of respect to the other person. And Rani is my favourite actor and I’m really biased, I love her. She’s the best.
    • Well, besides being a family friend, Rani is one of my favourite actors and she was most amazing on the sets of Black, where I assisted Mr Bhansali. It was very touching that she knew all the assistants by name. When we would all sit down for lunch, she'd recount the most funny anecdotes. We'd just crack up all the time. But I actually realised what a genuine person she was when there was a continuity jerk with one of the assistants... It was on a close-up of Mr Bachchan and he's too senior for a mess up to happen. Rani realised what was happening and she quickly took the blame, saying it wasn't the assistant's fault but hers. That was such a learning experience for me.
  • Deepika Padukone, actress
    • My favourite actresses are Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Sushmita Sen.[citation needed]
  • Ranbir Kapoor, actor
    • I worked with Miss Rani Mukerji. God, it was such a brillant experience because she is such an wonderful actress, you know you learn so much just by observing her, not only just while the shoot is going on but while she is sitting down. The focus, dedication and the passion she has for her film its inspiring, you know, because Rani Mukerji is such a huge star and still she has so much more passion then me. You know it's my first film, just seeing her on the film set and seeing her act and acting with her... No i was not intimidated, I wouldn't say that, but I would say she made everything easy for me. Like they say acting is all about response and reacting to a person so every shoot was different. She would do one shoot and then do another shoot so I always had to be on guard and never let my guard down, not get thrown back by the improvisation she has done, so I think that also taught me a lot, made me a better actor if I may say so and I would just like to thank her for being part of my first film and teaching me so much.[citation needed]
  • Vaibhavi Merchant, choreographer
    • Rani is pure sunshine! She isn’t a fake at all, what you see is what you get and she never minces words – a phataka! She’s a complete woman – a brilliant actor, an ideal daughter and a fabulous friend.[citation needed]
  • Hrithik Roshan, actor:
    • It was a pleasure working with Rani. She is very professional, very friendly and easygoing. She leaves all negativity behind when she comes on the sets. And she's a great friend. Rani and I make a very earthy pair. We don't look unbelievably glamorous on screen. We look like a real couple."
  • Govinda, actor
    • No one can say for sure who is the number one actress, because talent abounds in Bollywood. But I would not hesitate to say that Rani is extremely talented and a great actress.[citation needed]
    • Rani is a nice girl. Nobody has ever said anything bad about her. She comes from a dignified family and I respect her and her family.[citation needed]
  • Arbaaz Khan, actor, director, producer
    • The moment you meet Rani, almost instantly you fall in love with her. She's a wonderful person, a vibrant smile, her lovely eyes... She's a wonderful person to be with. On the sets she makes everybody happy... She's unbelievable, really. Everyone that Rani has worked with, she has touched them some way in their hearts. Every producer, actor would want to work with her. As a friend and as a professional, she's unbelivable. And I mean that.[citation needed]
  • Shahid Kapoor, actor
  • Anupam Kher, actor:
    • First of all, she is an extremely talented actress. Rani has proved herself with Black. Without a doubt, she is a major pull at the box office. Also, she is a warm and straight forward individual. She would never indulge in petty politics. The best part about her is that she keeps everyone smiling and wants the world to be happy.
  • Vivek Oberoi, actor:
    • Everyone loves her. She has a very disarming smile. She makes you feel wanted. We had a special relationship. What I like about her are her eyes and her warmth. They are the windows to her soul. She connects with people emotionally in real life. You can make out when you see her bonding with her family. That honesty comes through on screen. During the shooting for Saathiya her performance was so honest that I completely believed her and that helped me as an actor.
  • Konkona sen Sharma, actress
    • It was superb working with Rani. I was a big fan of hers before and I remember the first day I met her was at the reading for “Laaga Chunari Mein Daag”. Very shyly and nervously, I told her that I am a big fan of hers and she just laughed very sweetly and I don’t even think she even took me seriously but I was. It’s a pleasure working with her she is very professional but she is very much a real person. She doesn’t have starry airs and she is not snooty and goes of in a corner at all so it was difficult for me to reconcile the two images - the Rani I know on screen and the Rani I knew in person. There is so much to learn from her, she is a gifted actress, a great dancer. I think the chemistry we shared shows on screen. I had a lovely time.[citation needed]
  • Kunal Kapoor, actor
    • Rani I am going to be very grateful to. Rani is exceptional. I think after Madhuri Dixit if there is anybody that can really dance and hold your attention, it's Rani and she was kind enough to help me while this song was going on and I think I have managed fairly well with her help because I crushed Konkana’s toes only once throughout the song. It was really nice of her. She helped me through a lot of steps.

What Others Had To Say?

  • General Pervez Musharraf, president of Pakistan:
    • She's very popular in Pakistan.
      • rediff.com. Pakistan's President on Rani Mukerji. Retrieved on 1 October, 2006.
  • Manish Malhotra, fashion designer:
    • Rani is one of the few actresses who know how to carry a Sari well. She looks incredibly sexy in some of these outfits (in the film). The sensuousness she exudes is aesthetic.[citation needed]
  • Komal Nahata, critic:
    • She is a great performer, has bagged the most sought after productions and has all the big banners and heroes in her kitty.[citation needed]
  • Sanjay Mehta, distributor:
    • Our industry might still be hero-dominated but she has the best track record among heroines.[citation needed]
  • Jaideep Sahni, writer:
    • With Rani around, you can never realize how big a star she is.[citation needed]
  • Vinod Mirani, box office editor:
    • She has the ability to stand out even in the biggest of star casts.[citation needed]

At Special Events

  • On being honored at the Casablanca Film Festival in 2005:
  • Fifty thousand people on the beach watching 'Chalte Chalte' with me, then asking me questions about the songs and dances, the idiom and language of expression was incredible. I don't think I'll ever forget my experience in Casablanca.
    • ibosnetwork.com. Honoured at the Casablanca Film Festival. Retrieved on 16 July, 2006.
  • On being invited to the State Dinner with General Pervez Musharraf:
  • It was like a dream come true! To just be part of such an event made me feel that I've done something to achieve this.
    • rediff.com. Rani: I'd love to go to Pakistan. Retrieved on 1 October, 2006.
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