‘It’s very im­por­tant to look the part’

Rani Muk­erji feels that the au­di­ence ac­cepted Aamir Khan’s out­ings in Dan­gal and Dhoom:3 with equal glee be­cause “he is able to change him­self ac­cord­ing to the roles he plays”

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His­tor­i­cally speak­ing, mar­ried fe­male ac­tors have been con­sid­ered a mis­fit in the Hindi film in­dus­try. An­other age-old per­cep­tion that is com­mon is that ac­tresses, who be­come moth­ers, are likely to find the go­ing tough in Bol­ly­wood. But Rani Muk­erji, who has just had a big hit in the form of Hichki, doesn’t agree.

“What we for­get is that an ac­tor will al­ways be an ac­tor on screen,” says Rani. At the same time, she adds that it’s “very im­por­tant for an ac­tor to look the part”. “If I am play­ing the role of a 60-year-old woman or a 20-year-old girl, I have to look that way. In fact, when au­di­ences see a par­tic­u­lar char­ac­ter and not the artist [on screen], it makes them change their mind-set and per­cep­tion vis-à-vis a par­tic­u­lar ac­tor,” she adds.

The Mar­daani (2014) ac­tor goes on to give an ex­am­ple of her Ghu­lam (1998) co-star, Aamir Khan. “When you look at Aamir in Dan­gal (2016), you see Ma­havir Singh Phogat and not a su­per­star. Since you trust his por­trayal, you be­lieve the char­ac­ter com­pletely. And then, when you see him in Dhoom:3 (2013) with his chis­elled body etc., you think, ‘wow’. You ac­cept it [two di­verse avatars] be­cause as an ac­tor, he is able to change him­self ac­cord­ing to the roles he is play­ing,” she says.

Rani ad­mits that it’s “very im­por­tant” for her to be “ab­so­lutely be­liev­able” in the films and roles that she is in­volved with. “Whether I play a 30-year-old or a 60-year-old, I should be able to por­tray that in the cor­rect man­ner,” says the ac­tor, adding that she has “sub­con­sciously” been at­tracted to­wards emo­tional parts.

“I think all my films have been highly emo­tion­ally driven ones and the same holds true for my char­ac­ters as well. Be it a thriller, a ro­man­tic one or a drama, my char­ac­ters in all of them have been ex­tremely emo­tional and I think that emo­tion it­self con­nects with au­di­ences. I guess since I my­self am an emo­tional per­son, I can also some­where con­nect with the ‘emo­tional’ bit,” she says.

Rani ad­mits that even af­ter 13 years of its re­lease, “peo­ple still talk about my work in Black” be­cause “some­where it has im­pacted them”. “Even vis-à-vis Hichki, for me, the warm­est re­ac­tion has been that peo­ple are say­ing it has gone be­yond just a film. It has made a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s per­sonal lives and stirred an emo­tion in­side them that they pos­si­bly can’t ex­press. These are the kind of films that stay with you for­ever. I am sure if Hichki has im­pacted them as much as Black, 13 years down the line, they will talk about this also,” she says.

PHOTO: AV­INASH GOWARIKER

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