First Look: Rani Mukherjee as a police officer in 'Mardaani'

A South Delhi neighbourhood, generally a picture of peace and quiet, came alive on Friday morning just as news trickled into homes and markets around the place that Bollywood star Rani Mukerji was shooting in one of the houses.

“Did you know that Rani is in Chittaranjan Park,” an all excited, Manushi, a 20-year-old house-help said, as she passed the news on the phone to her friends in the neighbourhood — and beyond, a news agency reported.

According to the report, Rani is in the capital to shoot for ‘Mardaani’. The movie is being directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Aditya Chopra, the film will see the actress in uniform.

The report said burly private guards, wearing black safari suits, had cordoned off an entire area around a neighbourhood park, not allowing even the house-helps and courier boys to pass through the road leading to a particular house.

Many older residents were seen upset at this “unwarranted intrusion” into the neighbourhood peace, but the younger generation seemed enjoying the whole thing in a sense of pride of their neighbourhood being a location in a Bollywood film.

“Do you think they will show our park in the movie?” one housemaid was heard asking another. When an irate neighbourhood gentleman asked one of the guards on whose authority they were blocking off a neighbourhood road, one of the guards said, “Sir, we have taken all the necessary permission and clearances, including from the resident association,” the report read.

After a protest in the media and complaints from citizens a couple of weeks ago over some private guards blocking off a busy arterial roads in East Delhi where Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif were shooting and creating massive traffic snarls, this shooting team seemed more cautious and the guards very polite in dealing with residents even while diverting people and traffic away from the said location.

But the long line of vans and cars of the production unit cavalcade nevertheless created traffic jams at certain points even as groups of people gathered at various points near the house tried to catch a glimpse of their favourite star.

“She was dressed in jeans-jacket and the onlookers were saying that she looks different off the screen,” the report quoted Ramakanta Mahanta, an onlooker as saying, who got a glimpse of the actress of such hit movies as ‘Saathiya’ and ‘Hum Tum’ and ‘Black’.