Sporting a Sabyasachi creation — an off-white sequined sari with a matching blue blouse — and sequined slippers, Rani Mukerji was the cynosure of all eyes on Thursday. She was in town for the premiere of brother Rajaa Mukerji’s debut Bengali film Bidhataar Lekha, which she presents.
The number one heroine of Bollywood spoke to HT City on the film, Bengali movies in general and Ta Ra Rum Pum, which is set to release at the end of this month.
Rani Mukerji said it would not be possible to judge the movie as she is emotionally attached to it. “My opinion is also a personal one and I have already shared this with Rajaa. I wasn’t involved in the making of the film. Rajaa did it all by himself,” she says.
“If the movie is a success, the credit should go to Rajaa and if it is not, he should take it positively as I’m sure he will. We judge a film by its success, but failures are also important. Successes prompts us to do better. Failures make us understand how to achieve success. I hope Rajaa’s hard work pays off. Music is the best part of Bidhataar Lekha. Lalit Pandit did a wonderful score,” says the Bollywood star.
“I won’t do a Bengali movie just for the sake of it. The script has to be good. The story has to be something that I like. If a Bengali commercial film comes my way and I feel it will make me happy, I’ll do it. Otherwise there’s no point doing any film. I would have loved working with Satyajit Ray but I have missed the bus,” she says.
On brother Rajaa:
“Being the first child, Rajaa is spoilt (laughs). He is really like a baby. It requires hard work and courage to make a film. I think we can be critical next time and overlook his mistakes this time,” she says.
On Ta Ra Rum Pum:
“Ta ra Rum Pum made me relate to my family. I play a Bengali in the film. The film's story revolves around a family who stays together despite numerous obstacles. Every family goes through crisis at one time or the other and this is what the film focuses at,” she says.
Laga Chunri Mein Daag:
“Besides Ta Ra Rum Pum, I'm also excited about Pradeepda’s Laga Chunri Mein Daag. Infact, on the sets of the film I felt as if I was doing a Bengali film. I conversed with Jaya (Bachchan) aunty and Konkona (Sensharma) in Bengali. Many of the technicians are also Bengali,” says Rani.
“Marriage is not on my priority list now. Hoever, I'd want to marry a good human being who respects my career and my family,” she says.