Sun, 31 May 2009 09:45:38 GMT

Rani Mukherjee's Top Five Films

Rani Mukherjee's journey to stardom started as the 'Khandala' girl in 'Ghulam' and reached its peak in 'Black', a masterpiece by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Twelve years on, she has explored many a dimension of herself as an actress. As Rani celebrates her 30th birthday, we bring to you her top five films, the ones that helped her to be the queen of hearts!

Rani Mukherjee in 'Black'


Rani Mukherjee as the visually challenged and hearing impaired Michelle in 'Black' gave one of the most nuanced performances by any female actor. She looks and acts as if she was born to do the role that immortalized her. Michelle's unseeing eyes become the window to the actress' untapped potential. The intense emotional relationship shared between Debraj and Michelle is one of the high points of the film. In the most heart-wrenching moments of the film, Michelle prevents her tutor from harming himself. Her tutor makes Michelle 'see' into the light through her blindness and in the end she becomes her mentor's light! She also won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance for 'Black' (2005).

Rani Mukherjee in 'Saathiya'


Rani Mukherjee's chemistry with Vivek Oberoi in 'Saathiya' sizzled. The movie starts at a point where most of the Bollywood flicks stop — love and marriage. What happens after marriage — it's every-day conflict — is the theme of the movie. She looked real as a middle class girl, locked in love, yet facing harsh realities of life. The portrayal of how life goes haywire post marriage when there are regular conflicts between partners due to ego and high expectations is quite easy to believe.

Rani Mukherjee in 'Hum Tum'

'Hum Tum'

With 'Hum Tum' Rani made us fall in love all over again. Rani Mukherjee's performance as Rhea was so natural that it seems she is playing an extension of herself on screen. Even her chemistry with Saif Ali Khan was effortless and beautiful. They looked so much in love with each other. True, love always doesn't happen at the first sight it grows over time between two people and Rhia took nine long years to get her love. Rani effectively portrayed many shades of Rhea's character. She was fun loving, easygoing, chirpy in the first half and later she played a quiet and restricted widow, who would talk just too less. It was then Saif Ali Khan's character Karan who made Rhea walk ahead in life and fall in love yet again.

Rani Mukherjee in 'Bunty Aur Babli'

'Bunty Aur Babli'

In the film Rani Mukherji aka Vimmi is a dreamer and a free soul born in a small town. One fine day, she packs her bag and starts a journey to realise her dreams to be a model. The actor sinks her teeth into the role and comes out with flying colours. Fate brings her close to another dreamer Rakesh played by Abhishek Bachchan. They together dupe many shaadi bandwallahs, millionaires, investors, ministers, hoteliers and so on! And every body is left stunned. Rani Mukerji is superb donning various looks and duping people at the drop of a hat. The film was entertaining but, at times, the sequences in the film were hard to believe.

Rani Mukherjee in 'Ghulam'


Rani Mukherjee got her first hit in 'Ghulam'. Though it was not a woman-centred film with love sequence between Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherjee just fixed in between the thriller, she managed to impress the audience. Her hot scenes with Aamir Khan grabbed viewers' attention. The song 'Aati Kya Khandala' which featured Rani Mukherjee and Aamir Khan made her popular as the Khandala girl. The critics who have written her off after her debut in 'Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat' accepted that her acting has improved dramatically.

Source: India Syndicate

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