Rani Mukerji ruled box office for almost a decade, delivering a mix of both masala and offbeat films. After delivering a slew of hits over her career, the Mardaani star took a break from limelight after she became pregnant and later mother to Adira in December 2015.
Rani, taking a leaf out of husband Aditya Chopra’s book, has stayed away from limelight for some time now. The star who turned 38 on Monday issued a statement after her daughter’s birth but we are still to catch a glimpse of either the mother or the baby. “I would like to thank all my well wishers and fans. Today life has given us God’s greatest gift with Adira. We thank fans our friends and well-wishers for their unconditional support and blessings. With joy, we begin this new chapter in our lives,” she had written.
So, when Rani made an appearance recently to attend the birthday of Karan Johar’s mother, we were hoping to meet Adira too. Alas, it seems we will have to wait longer for that.
Meanwhile, as Rani turns 38 on Monday, we push the rewind button and bring to you her best roles...
The movie raises the issue of human trafficking. Rani plays a brave and sincere police officer Shivani Shivaji Roy. She not only played the role to utmost perfection, she also managed to hold the character in the movie so well that the movie also saw commercial success.
Sometimes films die down, but performances live on. This was the case with Aiyyaa, where Rani Mukerji plays a middle-class Maharashtrian girl who falls in love with a Tamillian. “Rani is delightful as a woman in heat. She expertly manages to be both a simpleton and a seductress. She looks stunning and dances like a dervish. But the film can’t match her performance,” wrote Anupama Chopra her review for Hindustan Times.
No One Killed Jessica (2011)
She celebrates woman power in this one, as she swears and sings along as she fights. Based on Jessica Lall murder case, Rani Mukerji plays a fiery and free-spirited journalist Meera.
Dil Bole Hadippa (2009)
Rani Mukerji nailed it as she masquerades as a sardar boy to enter a cricket team. Her spontaneity and charm is what makes the otherwise average film worthwhile.
Rani went completely de-glam for her role as a blind and deaf girl in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black. While critics had mixed opinion on the film, Rani’s performance got appreciation from all quarters. Till date this is one of her most memorable roles. No wonder, the film went on to win National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi (2006).
Playing a village belle came naturally to her in Amol Palekar’s Paheli, opposite Shah Rukh Khan. She romanced her lover ghost Shah Rukh Khan in the film with aplomb. “Rani proves yet again why she’s the rani (Queen) today! The actor, who has already proved her mettle in two diametrically opposite films this year (Black, Bunty Aur Babli), delivers yet another performance that is sure to dominate the next year’s award ceremonies as well,” wrote Taran Adarsh in his review of Paheli.
Hum Tum (2004)
In this film, Rani played the role of a girl who falls in love with a man (Saif Ali Khan) of exactly opposite nature. The movie won various awards, including a Filmfare Best Actress award for Rani Mukerji.
Rani essayed the role of Suhani Sharma which became very popular among the youth. The movie was a hit and Rani also bagged the Filmfare Best Actress Critics Award.