Rani’s ruling: Yuva rocks!
Mumbai moviedom’s queen of hearts Rani Mukerjee has now got the Yuva power. Rani, who’s admired Mani Ratnam for years admits to have gone out of her way to make “date adjustments for Yuva,” a gritty film that’s a “true reflection of the youth and their lifestyle.” Rani plays a “simple, vulnerable young woman in love with...
...Lallan, the opportunist, played by Abhishek Bachchan. Mine is probably the most deglamorised role of the three female protagonists, but easily the most challenging.”
Rani, who shares warm vibes with Abhishek, says she had no problems shooting those cosy love scenes. “It’s done aesthetically and the scenes are crucial to the storyline. As pros, why get upset about a few scenes when they are necessary?” she asks.
For Rani, who’s shared an onscreen smooch with Kamal Hassan in Hey Ram and a light kiss with Aamir Khan in Ghulam, the priorities are clear: “I don’t want to act prudish and once I trust the director, I have no problems. I’ll never embarrass myself or my family.”
Rani’s got a busy summer schedule. Hum Tum, Kunal Kohli’s take on When Harry Meets Sally, arrives in theatres on May 28. “It’s a light-hearted romance. Rhea, the girl I play, is modern, vibrant and aware of what she wants in life. In many ways she’s a girl I admire and there are fleeting resemblances between us. Kunal (Kohli) and Saif (Ali Khan) were complete delights to work with.” When she’s not waxing eloquent on Yuva and Hum Tum, Rani gets up, close and personal with childhood idol Amitabh Bachchan in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black, where she plays a blind-mute girl.
This year Rani’s finally working with people she’s comfortable with: Aamir Khan in The Rising, and Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta in Yash Chopra’s next. “I share comfort levels with lots of people but I am here to work, not to build relationships. Ultimately, what counts in your talent, not your contacts.” And even the hits do matter!