Critics have called her the “Most Accomplished Actor of Bollywood”. And Rani Mukherji has always lived up to that description.
Starting off with a few glamorous roles, Rani decided that she needs to take on challenging ones to expand her scope. She did exactly that, particularly from 2004 onwards and her fame just spread. She comes from the famous Mukherji family who have been in films from a long time.
Though she sounded like a woman with a bad cold and throat, she managed to fit that to the needs of the film and succeeded despite that. She is always meticulous right from her appearance and this has helped her portray her roles effectively.
She made a deep impact with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Later she had a few lean spells but she came out of it stronger and better.
Here are five of her noteworthy films:
Cast: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji, Deepak Tijori, Sharat Saxena, Akshay Anand, Rajit Kapoor, Mita Vashisht, Dalip Tahil
Director: Vikram Bhatt
A small-time crook gets into big trouble when he takes on the local goon and has to box his way out of trouble. Siddhu (Aamir) is a typical Mumbai “tapori” who whiles away his time with a few friends. But things get difficult after gangster and boxer Ronnie (Saxena) kills his sweetheart Anjali’s (Rani) brother and later his own brother Jai.
Siddhu comes across a motorcycle gang led by Charlie (Tijori) and they become friends. Siddhu is now out to get revenge and he challenges Ronnie to a boxing match in front of the latter’s house. He really gets battered but does not give up.
Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherji, Tabu, Shah Rukh Khan, Tanuja, Satish Shah, Sharat Saxena, Tanuja, Swaroop Sampat
Director: Shaad Ali
Marital bliss turns into a nightmare when two people from different backgrounds fall victim to suspicion and mistrust. Then one day Aditya (Oberoi) realises he loves his wife Suhani (Rani) more than ever but she has disappeared and he can’t find her.
Meanwhile, Suhani has suffered an accident and is in coma. She is hit by a vehicle driven by Savitri (Tabu) but her husband Pratap (Shah Rukh Khan) takes the blame. Later Savitri confesses that she caused the accident. Finally true love asserts itself and Aditya and Suhani back together again.
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherji, Kareena Kapoor, Esha Deol, Karthik Kumar, Abhinav Kashyap, Om Puri
Director: Mani Ratnam
This Mani Ratnam film deals with student politics and how a corrupt politician tries to use influence the elections. Michael (Devgn), Arjun (Oberoi), Vishnu (Karthik) and Trilok (Kashyap) aim to remove corruption from politics but find themselves in trouble when a politician Prosenjit (Puri) sends Lallan Singh (Abhishek) to kill them.
Lallan falls in love with Shashi (Rani), marries her but then abuses her regularly. Lallan chases the students and beats them up. There is more violence and murder before Lallan finally lands up in the hands of the police.
Hum Tum (2004)
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherji, Rishi Kapoor, Kirron Kher, Rati Agnihotri, Jimmy Shergill, Isha Koppikar, Shenaz Tresurywala, Abhishek Bachchan
Director: Kunal Kohli
A cartoonist and self-styled ladies man Karan (Saif) does a daily comic strip called Hum Tum before he finds himself in a similar situation in real life. He meets Rhea (Rani) on a flight and they go sight-seeing in Amsterdam, But she is not interested him.
However, Karan hopes that he can make it with Rhea. Meanwhile, other complications arise when Rhea’s marriage get arranged but the would-be groom dies in an accident. More complications happen when Rhea’s marriage is fixed with Mihir (Shergill) who falls in love with another. Finally true love finds its way through the mess.
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherji, Ayesha Kapur, Shernaz Patel, Nandana Sen
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
A blind and deaf woman Michelle (Rani) is insolent and behaves like a child until an unconventional teacher Debraj (Bachchan) comes into her life and tries to get her out of her black world. His methods irritate Michelle’s parents but he seems to be somewhat effective.
Slowly but surely, Michelle begins to change under Debraj’s care and begins to have ambitions of getting a Bachelor of Arts degree. The process isn’t easy due to her disabilities but despite failing regularly she sticks to her task. She does complete it finally but unfortunately Debraj gets Alzheimer’s disease and begins to forget things. Michelle decides that she will only wear her black graduation gown in front of Debraj. Life deals a strange twist to their tale.