Superstar Rani Mukerji has completed 27 years today in the Hindi film industry. The actress, who’s become a formidable name today in the industry, debuted on this day with Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat.
Ecstatic about her journey, Rani says, “27 years have passed and it doesn't feel like 27 years for sure. Looking back at the moment right now, I’m feeling that I have just debuted in a film a few years back I’m still as hungry as I was in my first film. Just to think of Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, my first film and what I learnt in that film, is something that I will never forget. What I didn't realise as a newcomer then, was the magical world of cinema that I was getting into because I wasn't the regular wide eyed person, who wanted to join cinema. It was something more like I was asked to do, told to do. So I got into it, and I did not understand much.”
She adds, “Today, when I look back, I’m not sure if I had not been an actor, what I would have been. I did have certain other professions in mind that I wanted to chase, like being an interior designer but I don't think I would have got this kind of love that I have got for the last 27 years from people around the world, who are my fans, who obviously have admired my work and given me so much of strength and courage through the years. I have organically made a family, beyond my own family, which I think is very precious to me. Our fans don't normally realise this but the adrenaline rush that we get when we see the love that they have for us, it makes us strive harder.”
Rani fondly remembers this days and shared, “18th October 1996, when Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat released, my family and I were going through a lot then. It also takes me back to the fact that my father was having a very important heart surgery at that time and I remember him going to the theatre to watch my first film in Gaiety Galaxy. On his way back from hospital as he got discharged! I remember him weeping like a child in happiness after seeing the love I recieved from the audience when they clapped and whistled on my dialogues!. That memory is something that will never leave me ever! His enthusiasm his pride and his love for me is beyond what I can explain verbally!!. Finally his daughter became a movie star something that he never would have imagined for me.”
She further adds, “When you go back 27 years back, there are things that have happened that keep flashing in front of your eyes and obviously I thank Salim uncle, Ashok Gaikwad, Shadaab Khan, my
co-star Divya Dutta, Saeed Jaffrey, Asrani Ji, Gulshan Grover, Raza Murad, Mohnish Behl and so many people from the film. My DOP Anwar Siraz, the choreographers then - Nimish Bhatt, Rekha Chinni Prakash, Chinni Prakash, people who I remember from that time, were really kind to me and it felt like a family on set.”
On a concluding note, Rani says, “I have to thank the audience for accepting me with my first film and giving me so much affection. For a young artiste, the love from the audience means everything to me and I was blessed to get that. I have to also thank the critics who appreciated my work in my first film! Critics shape perception towards a film or an actor and they were also instrumental towards boosting my confidence towards my craft. The combination of validation that I got from the audience and critics made me really happy as it told me to chase my dreams with even more conviction! I am really grateful for this journey that I have had and I am extremely happy and proud that I have been at it for the last 27 years! It makes me even more excited to think what my next 27 years are going to be in cinema!”