She played a fallen woman in her last release Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and once again Rani Mukerji will be seen as a prostitute in the much-hyped Saawariya. She says it is not a coincidence.
"Not by chance, by choice," Rani laughed. "I play very different kinds of prostitutes in Saawariya and Laaga Chunari... The woman in Saawariya has no problem with her profession, whereas in the other film it's completely different," Rani told IANS.
"No one goes into prostitution willingly. But there're compulsions and compulsions," says Rani, who was seen in a similar role in Aamir Khan's The Rising.
Rani says her character in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag had to undergo many changes.
"I had to manifest her change from a simple homely Varanasi girl to a high-class hooker in Mumbai. And I dressed accordingly. In order to feel like a character, you've to look like her, especially when she's true to life which she is in many of my films.
"In Laaga Chunari... it was very important for me to look completely different as the innocent, carefree girl in Varanasi and then this prostitute in Mumbai."
Rani wanted to shock the audience.
"The shock value had to come through. My director Pradeep Sarkar, my hairstylist, my costume designer and I got together and spent hours creating contrasting looks for me as Badki in Varanasi and Natasha in the film. It's so important to have a team that makes your character look convincing."
Apart form Rani, Laaga Chunari...starred some fine actors like Konkona Sen Sharma, Abhishek and Jaya Bachchan, Kunal Kapoor and Anupam Kher. Despite the presence of such fine actors, the film failed to garner a good response at the box office.