Bollywood’s ace actor Rani Mukherjee who was in Bhopal on Friday said that her fans love to see her in women-oriented movies like Black, Veer Zara, No One Killed Jessica and now Mardaani.
She also said that she was here to thank the chief minister for his efforts to empower the women and for creating awareness on women related issues. Rani also mentioned that her film Mardaani becoming tax-free in MP motivated her a lot.
Clad in an off-white saaree with kundan work, Rani was in Bhopal to be a part of ‘Filmotsav’, a five-day film festival organised by the Madhya Pradesh IAS Officers’ Association at Ravindra Bhavan.
The festival that started on Friday featured screening of Rani Mukherjee’s film ‘Mardaani’ on the inaugural day. Talking to HT City before inaugurating the festival Rani said that she was not averse to playing similar character in movies in near future.
"I am an actor and do films to reach to people and if they want me to essay these kind of roles, I will. I am here because of my fans and they love to see me in women oriented films like Black, Veer Zara, No One Killed Jessica and now Mardaani".
"Be it Raja Ki Aaegi Baraat through which I started my journey or Mehndi, every film is more than entertainment. It would not be an exaggeration if I say that women centric roles excite me always", she further said.
"Mardani has become very dear to me. I also relate to the character I play. I would ask every girl and woman to be strong and lead their lives fearlessly. It doesn’t matter what profession you are in, whether you are a journalist, a pilot, a police officer or a homemaker, you should always be brave and fearless".
"I met many courageous women during the making of this film and still draw inspiration from them. They look after their families and our country with the same passion and love. It is incredible. Salute to them".
"I am a very strong woman by myself and if I do a role that inspires a girl or a woman, it is an honour for me. I want every girl of this nation to be brave, strong and empowered", she further added.
Rani said that she has been with the film industry for 18 long years. "With every passing five years, there is a shift in the youth. The people who saw Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as youngsters or teenagers, I don’t think would want me to do the similar kind of roles now."
"Secondly, they are more exposed to world cinema now. They see European cinema, Greek cinema, Japanese and Chinese cinema and compare with ours. So it is very important to go with time. It is exhilarating to see interesting scripts coming. The way the trend of acting, directing, writing has changed is very interesting", she said.