The girl with a husky voice, short height, and not so sexy body – she was reminded of that many times. And with that, she was also told that she can hardly make any mark in Bollywood as she doesn’t belong to that so-called “mainstream” template of Bollywood heroines. But that didn’t break her because she had immense talent which was noted by able directors.
With time she proved that she is one of the best actresses of Indian Cinema. With 7 Filmfares in her kitty, she is always ready to entice with her power-packed performances. Till today, when there is Rani Mukerji release, there is a queue outside the theaters. She also broke the general notion of Bollywood actresses getting married and losing their charm on audiences.
The stories and performances matter the most and she has proved that every time. On her birthday, let’s remember some of her best performances on screen.
As Dr. Suhani Sharma, she gave one of her career-best performances. The young girl who fell in love at a wedding, developed love over many train journeys, got married secretly, left parent’s home, and then went through various tests that couples go through. Her character was so beautifully written and enacted. She became one of us easily.
Hum Tum (2004)
We saw so many changes in one character. Rhea Prakash first met us as a bright, free-spirited, young student. She remained in our hearts forever with her tragic and eventful journey. We got to see her quirky phase, dreamy bride phase, shy and silent phase, head over heels in love phase, and lovelorn phase.
She didn’t get to play the central character but without her, there would have been no Veer-Zaara. Her screen time was limited not her acting. A strong and confident woman who wants to become the 1st female lawyer of Pakistan is not ready to adjust with the truth. Rani was sheer brilliance on screen.
As Michelle McNally, she taught us that you don’t need eyes to dream. Her simple dream was to call her mom one day and say that she passed. Being blind and mute was her obstacle in that road. But with perseverance, she achieved her goal. It is a tear-jerking performance of Rani.
Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
Babli, who wanted to become Miss India, with the turn of events becomes a con artist. She brought out exuberance, quirk, and seriousness – all on-screen and effortlessly. That’s why aren’t we eagerly waiting for Bunty aur Babli 2?
No One Killed Jessica (2011)
This is another power-packed performance of Rani Mukerji that was based on a real-life incident. As a journalist, she portrayed her character with the right amount of fearlessness, spirit, and zest.
I don’t know how many of you would agree to the mention of this movie but it is a personal favourite. Meenakshi Deshpande is just one of us. She is a middle-class girl who wants a job so that she can buy a room where she can sit quietly, listen to music, and read. Also, she wants to fall in love first to get married. She was hilarious in her portrayal and that’s why I believe this is one of her best. Which leading lady of Bollywood would dare to be so weird?
Roshni Shekhawat terribly misses her dead child. Her desperateness leads her to believe in Plan Chet. There was a strange wait and loneliness in her eyes that made us cry for her.
Bombay Talkies (2013)
Gayatri is one of Rani’s most glamorous roles I believe. She is a fierce entertainment journalist who knows her business well. She can handle everything but cannot digest the fact that her husband has been keeping his sexual preference away from her. That scene where she tries to rub off her makeup, mascara, and lipstick in front of the mirror because her husband touched her is something only she can pull off. Also, the last scene where she gets dressed again, brushes her hair, and looks into herself in the mirror with hope, acceptance, and courage is stupendous.
With Mardaani she proved that she can never be off the game. In an industry where only male-centric heroism is worshipped, it takes guts, first of all, to make a heroic movie with a female character. And then you have Rani Mukerji to do the rest. Not only critical acclaim, this movie was a Box Office Hit as well.
Apart from these above 10 movies, here are some more.