Thursday, March 22, 2007

Rani Mukherji Turns 29

Star Bollywood actress Rani Mukherji turns 29 on Wednesday. This Bengali actress has already made her distinct place in Bollywood arena. When she got in to the Bollywood movie in 1996 through the movie 'Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat', she could not impress the Bollywood fans due to her short height and rough voice. So, the critics were not interested to cast her in their movies. However, her cousin Kajol, then popular actress of Bollywood, put some good comment on Rani in the Bollywood industry. Then, Karan Johar, the popular director of present day, cast Rani Mukherji in his debut film named 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' which made a huge boom in the box office and eventually the movie became a turning point in her career. Regarding this talented actress DNA India reported:

Then cousin Kajol, a big star then, put in a word for her and Karan Johar hesitatingly cast her in his directorial debut 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'. There was no looking back after that. The poor cousin metamorphosed into a rising star, considered one of the most powerful women in Bollywood today.

"When Karan wanted my voice to be dubbed for 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', I really thought that it was bad and very husky and rough, but slowly I worked to improve my diction, and am now quite comfortable with it," Rani was quoted as saying.

Karan didn't regret his decision. The film was a blockbuster and Rani got rave reviews. Not only was she honoured with the Filmfare award, offers started pouring in as well.

Since then, Rani has played a successful innings and has given hits like 'Black' (2005) 'Bunty Aur Babli' (2005), 'Paheli' (2005) 'Veer-Zaara' (2004), 'Hum Tum' (2004) 'Yuva' (2004) 'Chalte Chalte' (2003) 'Saathiya' (2002) 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' (2001) and 'Ghulam' (1998).

She was also seen in an unconventional role in Kamal Hassan's 'Hey Ram', which made headlines because of her kissing scene. But she rebuffed all the controversies saying that the kiss with Kamal was mechanical. "He was constantly checking the right angle. Where was the passion?"

She claims that Kamal re-invented the actor in her after the 'Hey Ram' experience.

Last year, Rani had two releases, 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Khena' (KANK) and 'Baabul,' both damp squibs. However, that didn't really make a difference because her performance was appreciated and applauded.

With six Filmfare awards in her kitty, the actor has today surpassed her rivals and is touted as one of the most versatile and talented actor.

I think she has a lot to give to her millions of fans and she should continue acting. I hope a long and successful acting career of Rani Mukherji.