Rani Mukherjee, who celebrates her birthday today, has always been one of the most dazzling and dependable actors Hindi cinema had in the last two decades. Making her debut with Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat in 1997, she established her position in the industry not only as a scintillating superstar but also an astounding actor.
As euphoric we are about her next film, Hitchki, it’s equally disheartening to observe her latest venture being labeled as a “Comeback”. Just three years ago, when she did the action thriller Mardaani, the same role was being perceived as a comeback. How many times can an actor make a comeback?It can happen only once, not all the time. She had taken a mere hiatus to dedicate her time to her family and motherhood. On the contrary, she has been the most effective actor of her generation, with one film almost every year till 2014. Be it No One killed Jessica in 2011, Talaash in 2012 or Bombay Talkies in 2013.
And now, after a much deserved intermission, the reels are all set to unfold on the silver screen again. Till then, revisit her most classical performances.
5. HUM TUM (2004)
Hum Tum may not have been a classic, but was a light, breezy entertainer, with compelling performances by its leads.
Mukherjee played Rhea with effortless ease. Amalgamating vivacity and vulnerability, she looked serene in every frame and delivered a mesmeric performance.
4. SAATHIYA (2002)
Another knock-out performance came in Shaad Ali’s Saathiya, remake of the Tamil classic, Alaipayuthey (2000). Essaying the role of Suhani, she was feisty, spirited and equally sensitive and tender. Sharing a warm and vibrant chemistry with Vivek Oberoi, she made the character her own.
Roshni Shekhawat, a married woman shattered by the death of her only son, communicates with his spirit through the science of the paranormal. It wasn’t an easy character to portray, but Mukherjee brought both warmth and anguish and made the agony of her character completely palpable. Talaash isn’t for everyone, but if you plan to visit it, do watch out for the leading lady’s compelling act.
2. VEER-ZAARA (2004)
Donning the role of Saamiya Siddiqui, a lawyer who battles in the courtroom to free an Indian Air Force pilot wrongfully imprisoned in Pakistan, Mukherjee essayed the nuances of her character with aplomb. How many times have you rooted for a female character? How many times have you witnessed catcalls and wolf-whistles on a actress’ dialogues? This was that one film, and this was that one performance.
1. BLACK (2005)
Unarguably her bravest and strongest performance in her 20-year career, Black saw her in the role of a blind and deaf woman, who forms an emotional and endearing bond with her teacher Debraj Sahai(Amitabh Bachchan). With a gamut of emotions, Mukherjee almost choked you with her extraordinary act. Although, the film may not be a timeless classic for all, it still remains Mukherjee’s finest hour in films.