She has spent more than a decade in the film industry and has portrayed roles of a battered wife and an independent woman with equal ease and expertise. Born to playback singer Krishna Mukherjee and director Ram Mukerji, Rani Mukerji was not new to the world of films.
Rani soon got another Karan Johar film, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), where she played an orphan who feels indebted to the family that looked after her and ends up marrying their son. However, Maya, Rani’s character in the film, ends up falling in love with another guy. The movie also got her the third consecutive IIFA award for Best Actress. The film grossed over Rs 100 crore worldwide. Rani also played a prostitute in Mangal Pandey - The Rising (2005).
In 2009, Rani also appeared on the small screen with Sony TV’s Dance Premier League where she was a contestant.
Rani has also been known for her close friendship with Chopras. Tabloids often report that she is dating Aditya Chopra, though the actress has so far not committed either way.For next few years, Rani appeared mostly in Yash Raj Films’ productions. After Baabul (2007), Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007), Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007), Saawariya (2007), Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008), Dil Bole Hadippa (2009) came along but damp squibs all. She also appeared in small cameos in movies like Om Shanti Om (2007) and Luck By Chance (2009).
The US Embassy honoured Rani Mukerji in 2013 on the day of Barack Obama's inauguration into his office.
In 2011, Rani Mukerji played a journalist in No one Killed Jessica, a movie based on the real-life Jesscia Lall’s murder case. She won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress award for her role as well as critical acclaim. Next year, she featured in Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012) where she played the role of a grieving mother with ease. She also played the lead role in Aiyya but received flak from both audiences and critics.
She is set to feature in Karan Johar’s story in Bombay Talkies. Rani will also make a guest appearance in Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone-starrer Chennai Express.