Mumbai, Mar 21 IBNS | 4 months ago

Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji turned 36 years on Friday.


As the actress turned a year older, Mukherji is all set to play the lead in upcoming Bollywood film, 'Mardaani', directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films.

She will play the role of a tough police officer in the film. Jisshu Sengupta has been cast in the role of Mukerji's love interest.

Born to the Mukherjee-Samarth family, she made her acting debut with a supporting role in the Bengali film 'Biyer Phool' in 1992, while she was still in school.

She began a full-time career in Bollywood with the 1997 social drama 'Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat', and subsequently featured in Karan Johar's blockbuster romance 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' (1998) starring Shah Rukh Khan.

Her performance in 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' won her a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She also tasted commercial success with her film 'Ghulam', where Mukerji was cast opposite Aamir Khan, as the female lead.

For her work in the 2002 relationship drama 'Saathiya', she won her first Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.

Having worked with all four Khans of Bollywood- Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan, Mukherji boasts of learning the craft from each of them.

In fact, delivering a matured on-screen character, Mukerji has also provided the ease and comfort to her co-stars while working on films.

In 2004, her performances in the hit romantic comedy 'Hum Tum' and the critically acclaimed drama 'Yuva' earned her the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards, respectively, at the 50th Filmfare Awards.

Her performance opposite to legendary Amitabh Bachchan in 'Black' not only received unanimous praise for her portrayal of a blind, deaf and mute woman, but her performance also earned her two more Filmfare Awards: Best Actress and Actress - Critics.

In Yash Chopra's period romance 'Veer-Zaara', where she reunited with Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta, Mukerji won a lot of critical acclaim not only in India but even from Pakistan. The film emerged as a major commercial success, grossing Rs.94 crore worldwide

She went on to play leading roles in the comedy film 'Bunty Aur Babli' (2005) and the adult drama 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna' (2006), both of which emerged as major economic successes in India and overseas.

Mukerji then collaborated with Yash Raj Films on several unsuccessful films which led critics to criticize her for choosing poor roles and pairing with the same set of actors.

The 2011 semi-biographical thriller 'No One Killed Jessica' proved to be her first commercial success in four years, and she followed it with a critically acclaimed performance in the 2012 supernatural thriller 'Talaash: The Answer Lies Within'.

In addition to acting in films, Mukerji has been actively involved with several humanitarian causes and is vocal about issues faced by women and children.

She has participated in concert tours and stage shows, and featured as a talent judge for the 2009 reality show Dance Premier League.

Mukherji in 2013 made a mark with her strong performance in the movie 'Bombay Talkies'.

(Posted on 21-03-2014)