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Rani Mukerji (born Rani Mukherjee on 21 March 1978) is an Indian film actress who works in Hindi movies. Born to the Mukherjee-Samarth family she made her acting debut with a cameo appearance in the Bengali film Biyer Phool (1996) on the insistence of her mother. The following year Mukerji made her Hindi film debut with Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat and subsequently had her first and still biggest commercial success with Karan Johars romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) which won her a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She later starred in several films that fared below expectations before featuring in the critically acclaimed drama Saathiya for which she won her first Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.

In 2004, her performances in the hit romantic comedy Hum Tum and the critically acclaimed Yuva earned her the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards respectivel at the 50th Filmfare Awards. She later received unanimous praise for her portrayal of a blind deaf and mute woman in Black (2005) for which she garnered two more Filmfare Awards Best Actress and Actress - Critics She went on to play leading roles in the comedy Bunty Aur Babli (2005) and the adult drama Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) both of which emerged as major commercial successes in India as well as overseas Mukerji thus established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema.She then played a series of roles a majority of which were under the Yash Raj Films banner that stereotyped her as a weepy sacrificing woman. None of these films performed well at the box office. However in 2011 she earned praise for her portrayal of a headstrong, independent woman in the semi-biographic thriller No One Killed JessicaIn addition to acting in films Mukerji has featured as a talent judge for Sony Entertainment Televisions reality show Dance Premier League. She is a regular stage performer and has been involved in philanthropic endeavors related to women and children. Despite constant speculation she remains guarded about her personal life and is sometimes labelled a recluse by members of the media. Mukerji currently lives in Juhu with her parents.

Early life and background

Main article: Mukherjee-Samarth family

Mukerji was born in Mumbai on 21 March 1978 to a film-oriented family of Bengali origin. Her father, Ram Mukherjee is a retired director and one of the founders of Filmalaya Studios while her mother Krishna was a playback singer Her brother Raja Mukherjee is a film producer turned director Her maternal aunt Debashree Roy is a Bengali film actress and her cousin Kajol is a popular Bollywood actress. Another cousin of hers, Ayan Mukerji is the writer and director of Wake Up Sid (2009) As part of a tradition the Mukherjee family celebrates the festival of Durga Puja at Santacruz every year. Mukerji being a religious person takes part in the festivities with her entire family.

Mukerji is a trained Odissi dancer and began learning the dance in the tenth grade.She was schooled at Maneckji Cooper High School in Juhu and graduated from SNDT Womens University in the field of Home Science. Despite her family background Mukerji was never interested in becoming an actress In 1994 director Salim Khan approached her to be a part of his directorial, Aa Gale Lag Jaa. Her father was against her working in films and hence she turned down the offer However she finally decided to take up acting on an experimental basis on the insistence of her mother.

Acting career

Early work and breakthrough (1997–2002)

After doing a cameo appearance for the first time in her fathers Bengali film Biyer Phool (1996) Mukerji made her Hindi film debut the following year as the protagonist of Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat. Her performance as a rape victim was well-received but the film failed to do well at the box office Nevertheless she received a Special Jury recognition at the Star Screen Awards. The films commercial failure made her return to college to complete her education However she was inspired by her cousin Kajol who had established herself as a successful actress in Bollywood and thus decided to try films again.Mukerji had a successful comeback in 1998 with Vikram Bhatts Ghulam opposite Aamir Khan The film did moderately well at the box office while the song Aati Kya Khandala earned her public recognition.Karan Johars directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol was her next release. She played the supporting role of Tina Malhotra a sophisticated girl in love with Khans character Of her performance Rediff.com wrote Rani Mukherjee is a pleasant surprise — totally comfortable clearly having suspended all disbelief The movie was a blockbuste with an adjusted worldwide gross of INR182 crore (US$36.31 million and Mukerji went on to receive her first Filmfare Award in the Best Supporting Actress category Due to her slightly broken voice texture her lines were dubbed by a dubbing artist in Ghulam. However she dubbed for her own lines in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. She quoted When Karan Johar wanted my voice to be dubbed for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai I really thought that it [my voice] was bad and very husky and rough but slowly I worked to improve my diction and am now quite comfortable with it.

Personal life and media image

Rani uses the English transliteration of Mukerji instead of the original Mukherjee for her surname. She has never clarified the reason for having done so. Mukerji has three homes in Mumbai including her childhood home. She currently lives in Juhu with her parents.Mukerji is extremely guarded about her personal life and despite constant media speculation has never spoken about her relationships. Howeve in an interview with Simi Garewal she claimed to have been absolutely in love without divulging the name of the person. As opposed to most of her contemporaries Mukerji limits her media interactions and is often termed as a recluse. However in 2011 in an interview to Screen India she clarified Today actors have become more open with the media. But this has posed a problem for actors like me because if I dont do that then I end up being called reclusive. So now I have changed myself and am easily approachable.  She is additionally known for her friendly image and shares a close friendship with several Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan Aamir Khan and Karan Johar.

In June 2005 Mukerji was widely criticized following the publication of an interview with British newspaper Desi Xpress. Mukerji was asked to name her idol and she replied Adolf Hitler However in an interview with Times Now a year later she denied ever mentioning Hitler's name.In November 2006, Mukerji was shooting for the film Laaga Chunari Mein Daag in Varanasi when avid fans crowded the set. Security personnel beat the crowd back. A media storm followed as various groups insisted that Mukerji should have stopped the security guards. Mukerji later issued an apology.

Mukerji occupied the top slot of Box Office Indias Top Actresses list for two years in a row (2005–2006).She was also placed number one on Rediff's Top Bollywood Female Stars Rankings for three consecutive years (2004–2006) while in 2007 she was ranked at number five.In February 2006 Filmfare placed her eighth amongst the Ten Most Powerful Names of Bollywood an achievement she repeated from the previous year where she was ranked at number ten the only woman on the list. In 2007 she was ranked at number five On Womens International Day 2007 Mukerji came in fourth on the Best Bollywood Actresses Ever listing.She was placed at number 36 by the UK magazine Eastern Eye as one of Asias Sexiest Women (2006). Mukerji is frequently featured in various lists by Rediff.com including Bollywoods Most Beautiful Actresses Bollywoods Best Dressed Women and Women of Many Faces

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