Rani Mukerji Biography: Height, Weight, Age, WIKI, Husband, Family, Movies & More
Bollywood, the largest film industry in India, has given birth to a number of actors during its lifetime. Most of them excel in different genres of acting. Fr example, some are good at playing comedy roles, some are good are playing negative roles, some are good playing action roles, and some are good at playing romantic roles. At the same time, there are also some actors who are good at playing all types of roles. One common name that pops up in this list of versatile actors is that of Rani Mukerji.
Born on the 21st of March, 1978, Rani was one of the highest paid actresses in India during the 2000s. During her acting career, she has received several awards for different roles. Despite the fact that her parents and relatives belonged to the film industry, Rani was not too keen on pursuing acting as her career option. Nonetheless, fate had other plans for her and she soon became one of the best actresses Bollywood had ever seen.
Early Life of Rani Mukerji
Born in Mumbai, the hub of Bollywood, her father is Ram Mukherjee, who is one of the founders of the Filmalaya Studios and also a former film director. Her mother, Krishna Mukherjee, happens to be a former playback singer. Rani also has an elder brother, Raja Mukherjee, who is a film director and producer. Debashree Roy is her maternal aunt and also one of the most popular Bengali film actresses. Another highly popular and versatile Bollywood actress, Kajol, is her paternal cousin. Although her family and relatives had so many big names in the world of Indian cinema, Rani was least interested in the acting career. She always used to say that there were already too many actresses at home and she would like to be someone else.
Rani Mukerji completed her school education from Maneckji Cooper School in Mumbai and also received her graduate degree in Home Science from SNDT Women’s University. She also happens to be a trained Odissi dancer. She started learning this dance form while she was in her tenth standard. In the year 1994, Salim Khan offered the lead role to Rani Mukerji of his movie Aa Gale Lag Jaa. However, her father didn’t approve of Rani becoming a full-time film actress at such a young age, due to which she rejected the offer. When she was eighteen years old, she played a supporting role in one of her father’s Bengali movies, Biyer Phool.
Her sole aim was just to experiment with acting. The movie also has Indrani Haldar and Prasenjit in the lead roles. Rani played the role of Indrani’s younger sister. Soon she was offered another lead role by Khan in his next project, Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat. This time she Rani accepted the role after her mother insisted. Her mother wanted Rani to continue acting and gradually take it up as her career. She went through a proper acting training at Roshan Taneja’s acting institute.
Rani Mukerji Career
Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat was Rani Mukerji’s debut movie in Bollywood. She played the role of a rape victim, who is later forced to marry her rapist. The film released in the year 1996 and was a complete failure at the box office. Nonetheless, her acting skills were praised by film critics and she also won a recognition trophy at the Screen Awards ceremony that year. Due to the failure of the movie, Rani decided to complete her education. In the meantime, her cousin, Kajol, got extremely successful in Bollywood, which inspired Rani to become a full-time actress.
The year 1998 saw her first commercial success. The name of the movie was Ghulam, which was made by Vikram Bhatt. She was paired opposite Aamir Khan, another extremely successful and popular actor in Bollywood. Rani’s role in the movie was quite small. However, the song “Aati Kya Khandala” won her widespread recognition. Rani has a broken voice texture. This prompted the filmmakers to use a dubbing artist with a higher pitched voice to dub for Rani’s lines.
Later that same year, Karan Johar approached Rani for his directorial debut movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The film also had her cousin Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan in lead roles. Although her role was originally written for Twinkle Khanna, the filmmakers had to sign in Rani Mukerji after the former rejected the offer. Rani’s name was suggested by Aditya Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan. Karan had originally planned to use a dubbing artist to dub Rani’s lines. However, he dropped the plan after she improved her diction and later dubbed her own lines in the movie. Her role was that of Tina Malhotra, who was a college student and also the college principal’s daughter.
She falls in love with Raj, played by Shah Rukh Khan. Her role in the movie prompted a movie critic to say that Rani proves herself as an actress who is here to stay for a long time. The movie proved to be a major breakthrough for Rani and it soon became a blockbuster worldwide. It earned a total of US$ 14 million. Rani also won the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the Filmfare Awards that same year.
Initial Success and Career Struggles for Rani Mukerji
The path to glory was not that simple for Rani Mukerji. She had to go through several ups and downs in life. By the year 2000, Rani wished to be more than a mere standard Hindi film actress. She started looking for more challenging roles. Her movies Bichhoo and Badal, both released in the year 2000, were complete disasters at the box office. Her next venture, Hey Ram, which was a bilingual movie starring Kamal Haasan, was somewhat fictionalized on the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. She played the role of a Bengali school teacher who gets raped and later murdered during the communal riots in Calcutta. Due to the controversial topic of the movie, it failed to impress at the box office. Nonetheless, it was well appreciated by critics and was also chosen as the official Indian entry to the Oscars that year.
Hadh Kar Di Aapne, which was a comedy movie starring Govinda and Rani Mukerji, was a success. However, her next movie, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye filed both commercially and critically. Rani won the Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Filmfare Award for her role in Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega.
It was rather disappointing for Rani in the year 2001. The year started off with her movie Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, which was based on a surrogate mother. According to film critics, Rani’s role did not give her much scope in terms of acting. Later that year saw the release of Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai and Nayak: The Real Hero. The former had Abhishek Bachchan as her male counterpart and the latter had Anil Kapoor.
It was in the year 2002 that her luck took a sharp turn for the better. Yash Raj Films, one of the leading production houses of India, signed up Rani for Mujhse Dosti Karoge and Saathiya. The former also starred Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor. This movie was promoted at a very large scale. However, it failed to earn much in India. Thankfully, it was a success internationally. On the other hand, Saathiya was a remake of Alaipayuthey, a Tamil box office super hit movie.
It also proved to be the major turning point in Rani’s acting career. She won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and Best Actress nomination at the same award ceremony. According to Shaad Ali, the director of the movie, Rani was the perfect choice for the role. She was of the right age, she looked vulnerable, she was born to play the role, and she also looked like the character. In Saathiya, Rani played the role of Suhani Sharma alongside Vivek Oberoi. She is a medical student in the movie and gets married at a very early age. This leads to various discontent and tensions in life which she has to deal with.
Rani went on to act in several other movies in her acting career such as Chalte Chalte, Chori Chori, Calcutta Mail, LOC Kargil, Yuva, Hum Tum, Veer Zaara, Black, Bunty Aur Bubli, Paheli, Mangal Pandey: The Rising, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Baabul, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Saawariya, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Dil Bole Hadippa, No One Killed Jessica, Aiyyaa, Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, Bombay Talkies, and Mardaani. Although there were several movies in her career that did not fare well at the box office, most of her movies did create history. She has acted with some of the major and highly popular actors in the Indian film industry, such as Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Govinda, and Ajay Devgn, to name a few.
Work After A Break
After Rani gave birth to her daughter, she decided to take a break from work and stay with her child. However, after a four-year break from work, she finally decided to join back work after much persuasion from her husband, Aditya Chopra. She started looking for a project that would allow her to accommodate her parental responsibilities, as well. This made her work for her new movie Hichki. In the movie, Rani plays the role of an aspiring teacher who suffers from Tourette syndrome. The story is basically inspired by Brad Cohen’s autobiography named as Front of the Class. In the movie, she has to prove herself as a good teacher by educating underprivileged children.
Personal Life of Rani Mukerji
Although troubled by constant media attention, Rani always remains guarded when it comes to her personal life. Unlike most other popular actors from the film industry, Rani prefers to limit her interactions with the media. This has also earned her the term “recluse”. Rani enjoys a close friendship with several of her co-stars such as Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johan, and Aamir Khan. However, her relationship with Aditya Chopra, a popular filmmaker, was often the topic of discussion for the media. She finally married Aditya on the 21st of April, 2014. She married him in Italy in a private ceremony. Her daughter, Adira, was born on the 9th of December, 2015.
Off-Screen Work Life
Although Rani was always busy with her acting career, she still managed to find time for humanitarian causes. She was also actively involved in most of the humanitarian causes in the country. She is quite vocal when it comes to the various problems faced by children and women. Rani was also chosen as an ambassador by NGO Child Rights and You, as well as, Procter & Gamble for their joint venture project Shiksha, which aims at endorsing the cause of children’s education. She also set up a Stroke Treatment Fund in the year 2011 in association with the Indian Stroke Association. This was basically to pay for the various treatment of stroke-affected patients who are financially deprived.
Rani has made several public appearances in order to support various charities and causes. She also visited the Indian army at Pokhran, Rajasthan in March 2004. She basically wished to interact with the jawans for the reality show Jai Jawan that aired on NDTV. She visited the jawans again in the year 2014, but this time at Baramulla. Rani, along with several actors from Bollywood participated in HELP! In the year 2015, which was a Telethon Concert. The concert was to raise money for the various victims of the Indian Ocean Earthquake in the year 2004.
Every actor have their ups and downs in their professional lives. Rani Mukerji was no different from the rest of them. Although her movies struggled at the box office when her luck was down to the dumps, her movies also made her a superstar when Lady Luck smiled at her. She was not too keen on joining work after she gave birth to her daughter. However, she finally did start working after her husband persuaded her in doing so.