Saturday, March 17, 2007

Rani Mukherjee , part 1

Rani Mukherjee
Rani Mukherjee (Bengali: রাণী মুখার্জী (also known as Rani Mukerji), born March 21, 1978 in Bengal, India) is an Indian film actress. She is a 6 time Filmfare Award Winner. She is one of the most popular actresses in the industry. Since her first break on celluloid in 1996, the actress has appeared in nearly 40 films. Today, she has emerged as one of the finest and most successful actresses of the country.

Mukherjee comes from a film-oriented family of Bengali origin: Her father Ram Mukherjee is a retired director and her mother Krishna formerly worked as a playback singer. Her brother Raja Mukherjee is also a film producer. Her maternal aunt, Debashree Roy, was a popular Bengali actress and her cousin Kajol is another successful Bollywood actress. Sharbani Mukherjee is her cousin.

She graduated from Maneckjee Cooper High School in Juhu. Soon afterwards, Rani received a few film offers and thus, set her foot on the Indian film-industry capital, Mumbai. From there onwards, she pursued a high-profile career in acting and became an integral part of the world's largest film-industry.

Her first Hindi film was Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat (1996), which did not do well at the box office. However, her next two releases - Ghulam and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) - were hits. For the latter she received her first Filmfare Award in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Mukherjee was in great demand after sudden stardom and signed contracts to work in many promising projects. Unfortunately, most of the movies didn't do well at the box office. Though Badal was the sixth highest grossing film of the year 2000, her most quantitative year in terms of movies released, she was still producing more average movies than expected from her. In 2002, she re-established her fame in Saathiya which was critically and commercially successful.

In 2003, she starred in Chalte Chalte opposite Shah Rukh Khan; the film was a semi-hit. 2004 was the most significant year in her career. Her performances in Yuva and the commercially successful Hum Tum earned her even more awards - the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for the former, and the Filmfare Best Actress Award for the latter. Her performance as a Pakistani lawyer in Veer-Zaara was also acclaimed and earned her many award nominations. She then became a major part of the Yash Raj Films, the biggest Bollywood production house.

In 2005, Mukherjee starred in four high-profile films. Bunty Aur Babli and The Rising were among the biggest grossers of the year. She received critical acclaim for every film, especially her performance in Black. She also won all the major awards for Black that year. These successes established Mukherjee as one of the industry's most bankable stars.

Mukherjee had two releases in 2006: Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, which was one of the most successful movie of the year [13] and B.R. Chopra's Baabul. The poignant story of a widow did not shape up well with the audiences and the much hyped-movie performed poorly at the box office.

The actress has been an active stage performer and participated in numerous world tours. Temptations 2004 was her most successful concert, in which she performed alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal and Priyanka Chopra. She also appeared along with various other Bollywood actors at the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, as part of a performance showcasing Indian culture, on behalf of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held in Delhi. For her one-and-a-half-minute dance act alongside Saif Ali Khan, she was reportedly paid 1.5 crore rupees, the equivalent of about 300,000 U.S. dollars.

Rani Mukherjee

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