Rani's character in Saawariya inspired by Rakhi Sawant

Everyone who has seen Rani Mukerji perform as a saucy tart in "Saawariya" is commenting on the similarities between her speech pattern and body language in the film and those of Rakhi Sawant.

The decision to incorporate elements of Rakhi's personality into the character was taken on the day Rakhi, who's a huge fan of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's work, was invited to the sets of "Saawariya" when Rani was shooting.

"That's when Sanjay Leela Bhansali heard Rakhi speak and decided to incorporate her cute and wonky way of speaking the English language into Rani's character," said a source very close to the film.

In fact, Rakhi who saw the 'tribute' at the film's premiere caught on immediately and was quite tickled by the way Rani had adopted her speech patterns.

"I wasn't aware of the similarities. I'm a big Sanjay Leeela Bhansali fan and I adore Rani. Yes, he had invited me to the sets. He made me feel very special. When I watched him shoot with Rani, I became an even bigger fan of Sanjayji. Even a walk-on part in his film is invaluable," said an elated Rakhi.

Indo-Asian News Service