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It?s raining roles for Rani

Rani Mukherji's impressive Curriculum Vitae now has a good mix of commercial and arthouse.
PTI | By Somashukla Sinha Walunjkar
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2003 06:12 PM IST

Rani Mukerji doesn’t court the media. Unless, of course, she needs to wax eloquent about her films. Rani, the flavour of Bollywood at the moment, is among the frontrunners for the queen of the marquee tag and admits that having the spotlight on her is nice. “I deserve the good films I’m getting because I’ve always been sincere. I’ve never compromised on work and I’m glad that people have started to acknowledge me.”

Aziz Mirza’s Chalte Chalte, this summer’s surprise success, has catapulted her to the top of the charts. “I can’t afford to be smug. Chalte Chalte was close to all our hearts and I think the audience knew that. I’m an instinctive actress, I listen to my heart when I do a film. Sometimes I’ve been proved wrong, but then I am human,”she grins.

Rani is doing Mani Ratnam’s untitled project, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black and Baji Rao Mastani and a cameo in Ketan Mehta’s The Rising. Coming up next week: Sudhir Mishra’s Calcutta Mail, where she plays Bulbul, a writer who dreams of living dangerously. “The film was shot in Kolkata, my favourite city.”

Like most 22-year-olds, Rani would have liked partying with friends and watching movies: “If I want to see a film I have to opt for a graveyard time and go for a no-make-up look. I’ll be lucky to escape being unrecognised. So I holiday abroad when I am not working or just stay home, sleep and invite friends over. One has to pay a price for stardom.”  

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