Rani Mukherjee started her career 17 years back with the super- duper hit Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and throughout her career she has been a huge part of the Hindi Film Industry with successful films like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Black to Raj Kumar Gupta’s No One Killed Jessica and Sachin Kundalkar’s Aiyyaa. Planet Bollywood Reporter Supriya Davda speaks to the very charming Rani Mukherjee about her upcoming film Taalash a psychological thriller also starring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor.
I recently saw Aiyaa and I thought you were the highlight of the film – why did you choose to work on such an unconventional project?
Tell us about Taalash – The Answer Lies Within?
I don’t really want to talk about the film or my character only because it is a psychological thriller and I would really like the audience and everybody to discover the film as they watch it. The film is an experience and I want everyone to enjoy the impact of it.
'The Answer Lies Within' please do explain the tagline to us?
It reads what it means. The answer lies within the person. Sometimes we are searching for the answer else where but in fact we have the answers. And that is what is so interesting about this film.
Taalash is your first thriller.
Yes it is my first so am very excited. I haven’t been part of a thriller film before. It is actually a first for all three of us [Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor] It is a very interesting film with some interesting etched characters. I think the audiences will the love the way they all interlink hence I don’t want to give any spoilers [laughs].
You’re being directed by a female director for the first time – what was this like?
Yes Reema is my first director. But directors don’t come with a gender, a director is a director and the captain of the ship. I can honestly say she is a fantastic director, she thoroughly thought about every single detail and it makes it so much more easier for us to work with such directors. I respect her in terms of her knowledge about the characters and she knows exactly what she wants. I feel very happy that I have worked with someone like Reema.
So did you then work on your character with Reema Kagti?
When Reema first approached me about the film it was very much about the script. Working on my character was extremely organic and we worked on it as we went along. This is a normal process in every film.
You first worked with Aamir as a newcomer in Ghulam and now you’re facing the screen with him after so many years.
Working Aamir is such a special experience. He is my friend and I learn so much from him. He made such a huge impact on me at 17 and he became one of my closest friends. He has seen me grow and I have learnt an immense amount from him – and I continue doing so. He has grown from being a big star to an even bigger star! I am very proud of him.
The award season begins in the next month of two. What are your views about award ceremonies?
I really enjoy them and the truth of it is; when you win you’re overjoyed and when you don’t you feel slightly down. Life is full of ups and downs, loosing is something we all need to accept.
What can you’re fans expect from you after Taalash?
As of yet I have not signed anything. Nothing I like has come about; but I’m hoping for the best.
A question you’ve probably been asked umpteen times but why aren’t you on any social media site?
Thankfully I have journalists like yourself to convey how much we appreciate our fans. I am very grateful that my work has been appreciated. I love all my fans!
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