The heart beat of a million,the epitome of sensible acting Rani Mukherji celebrates her 32nd year of her eventful life.What a gift is she to the Indian film industry?!Born in a family with a film background she debuted into movies with the commercially unsuccessful Raja Ki Aayegi Baarat despite earning reasonable critical acclaim.The icing on the cake was her opportunity that knocked her doors to act with the present stalwarts of the movie industry,SRK and Aamir in the year 1998 in Kuch Kuch Hota Hain and Ghulam respectively setting up a foothold for her for the years to come for Rani.She has never looked back since then grabbing her chances with both hands and experimenting with various genres of movies.She poured her heart out in movies such as Yuva,Saathiya,Chori Chori Chupke Chupke,Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega with directors like Mani Rathnam,Abbas Mustan and anything she touched turned into gold.
Her real giant step towards great acting was the inspiring “Black” by Sanjay Leela Bhansali essaying the role of a deaf,dumb,blind girl along with the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and this flick will act as a learning manual for aspiring actors to know what it takes to be a great actor.Chalte Chalte,the musical hit too added feathers to her cap with simple and sensible acting.As failures don’t spare even the greatest,she also had to face quite a few of them.Commercial failures of Chalo Ishq Ladaye,Mujhse Dosti Karoge,Calcutta Mail,LOC Kargil did affect her growth as an actor .But she turned the tide in her own style with the releases of situational comedy like Hum Tum,heart warming Veer Zaara portraying a role of an honest lawyer,Bunty aur Babli as a girl with high aspirations.She began to experiment with her roles with the likes of critically acclaimed movies like Paheli,Mangal Pandey,Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.While the first two were epic films,the latter one KANK surrounded the basic topic of treatment of delicate relationships.She pulled out a marvellous performance as a vulnerable wife who is yet to find the true love of her life.2004-2005 captured her real abilities of being a versatile actress.But life had other ideas for her…she did too many films for the Yashraj banner with poor selection of roles and started to seem a pale shadow of her old self.Baabul was the start of her career threatening downfall.Following it up with movies of ill sensibilities like Lagaa Chunari Mein Daag,Saawariya,Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic didn’t help her cause.Then she took a long and a much needed break in hope of better luck.
Yashraj films again became the saviour or in fact the destructor with Dil Bole Hadippa along with a seemingly young Shahid Kapoor.The unconventional pairing raised a lot of interest.That interest couldn’t return as a reality on screen with hardly any magic felt.The film was a disaster at the Box Office and Rani was at an all time low despite receiving appreciation for her acting but with a flawed story.With oodles of talent at her disposal,she probably followed a path of self destruction with wrong choice of movies.
She however,remains a Rani to a million hearts for its difficult to find a powerhouse of talent like her.We as fans,request her to choose her roles with caution and come back with a bang.Wishing success in all her career moves and endeavours,here’s wishing a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO RANI!