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I’m Jhansi Ki Rani, says Rani Mukherjee

entertainment Updated: Oct 12, 2009 17:56 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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Dance Premiere League (DPL), a new dance reality show on Sony, kicked off last week with Rani Mukerji in her brand new avatar as a judge. We caught up with the actress at her office in Janki Kutir for a chat. Here’s what she had to say:

You are looking in great shape.
(Smiles) Thank you. All the weight training and yoga worked. I also follow a strict diet because I think you resemble what you eat. I don’t know what I resemble now but earlier it was a potato, because I was only eating potatoes and rice. I do have fried potatoes once in a while now, but I’ve replaced white rice with brown rice which is a healthier option. If you’re healthy in your youth, there are lesser chances of hospital visits in the future.

Let’s talk about your small screen debut now...
I’ve judged shows as a special guest while promoting my films. This time, instead of one I’ll be featuring in 25 episodes and be the people’s voice. Making a serious small screen debut will take a while since it’s so time consuming.

Do you have any plans of getting into production?
(Smiles) Darling, that’s another reason for me to do DPL. They have offered me a lot of money and that will help when I want to branch out into production in future. Now, don’t ask me what kind of movie I’ll make since I have no clue. Pehle paisa aane do, then I will think.

Maybe an action film?
How did you read my mind? I love action films and that’s one genre I haven’t experimented with yet. I want to kick, punch, chase on cars and bikes. If no one offers me one, I will produce one the day I have the money.

Why don’t you involve your friends Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar?
Na baba, they all have their own things to do.

Talking about DPL, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit were approached as judges earlier. You stepped in at the last minute.
That question should be addressed to the Sony team because they’d know better why and how someone else’s shoes came to me. I am here now and that’s what matters.

Will you be a khadoos judge?
I’m not known to be khadoos. I’m a nice person. I’m here to be the public voice and not pull up people.

Won’t you be biased towards the Eastern Tigers?
I am born and brought up in Maharashtra, so I would be more biased towards the Eest team. Kolkata is my nanihaal (mother’s hometown). I love Southern culture and dance forms too and I’ve played a North Indian many times on screen, recently in Dil Bole Hadippa. My father is from Jhansi, so I’m Jhansi ki Rani. You can’t predict whom I will favour. Only performance matters.

Dil Bole Hadippa was panned by the critics. But you got favourable reviews. Are you happy?
Sometimes we don’t make films for critics to go crazy; we just make them for people to enjoy. Critics have high expectations and we have to do something to meet them. The rest who caught the film, told me I was good. That can’t happen unless the film is well made. So, I’m happy for everyone.

Reportedly, you took part in a special ritual during Durga Puja, meant to appease the goddess so you’d get married quickly. Is that true?
(Angry) What do you know about Durga puja? Go do your research then I’ll answer this question. You guys know about my relationship status and marriage plans even before I do. All I can say is that this industry is my sasural that
does not let me sit in peace.