Rani Muk­erji feels good con­tent tran­scends boundaries

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Bask­ing in the suc­cess of Hichki, which now fig­ures among the top five high­est earn­ing In­dian films at the China box of­fice, ac­tor Rani Muk­erji feels that it gives hope that good con­tent will al­ways find an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence some­where. Ex­cerpts from the in­ter­view:

Hichki has col­lected ₹ 200 crores world­wide. How does this im­pres­sive mile­stone make you feel?

Firstly, I think it is the suc­cess of the team and the con­tent. You re­alise when you have good con­tent, it tran­scends all kinds of boundaries glob­ally. So the emo­tions that we feel watch­ing a film sit­ting here in In­dia are the same emo­tions that are felt in China, among the au­di­ences there. The res­o­nance that the film has had with the au­di­ences there, is proof that when you make a film which is about hu­man emo­tions, it clicks in any part of the world. It makes you be­lieve that a pro­ject which has a heart and soul will al­ways have an au­di­ence some­where.

What is the best com­pli­ment that came your way?

There have been com­pli­ments ga­lore. The most im­por­tant have been from teach­ers and prin­ci­pals who saw the film, be­cause they iden­tify with Naina Mathur (Rani’s char­ac­ter), and the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem up, close and per­sonal. To see them come out of the theatre cry­ing or teary eyed... the fact that they tell me they will take in­spi­ra­tion from a teacher like Naina, makes me feel hum­bled.

When we had a screen­ing in China in the univer­sity, the vice pres­i­dent there, who is also a teacher, said she wants to be a teacher like Naina! It has also had an im­pact on peo­ple who are emo­tion­ally, phys­i­cally weak — they have got in­spi­ra­tion from this film be­cause ‘make your weak­ness into your strength’ was its mes­sage. There is noth­ing sweeter than suc­cess. It is good to know that some­how a small film like Hichki has got a cov­eted ti­tle so as to say those nu­mer­ous ti­tles that are given to films.

Is Hichki 2 on the cards?

I doubt. I don’t think we left any scope for that. So, un­for­tu­nately, I don’t think Hichki 2 will hap­pen. But you never know with the cre­ative minds... If cre­ative peo­ple come up with some­thing out of the box, it might hap­pen. As of now, there is noth­ing on the cards.

Rishabh Suri

It’s now among the top five In­dian films at the Chi­nese box of­fice. Does it make the suc­cess even sweeter?


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