Rani Mukerji gets nostalgic as Yuva clocks in 16 years: It was my 1st film under the direction of Mani Ratnam

As Mani Ratnam's Yuva clocked in 16 years on 21st May, Rani Mukerji shared a memory that touched her the most and her experience of shooting in Kolkata.
Rani Mukerji gets nostalgic as Yuva clocks in 16 years: It was my 1st film under the direction of Mani RatnamRani Mukerji gets nostalgic as Yuva clocks in 16 years: It was my 1st film under the direction of Mani Ratnam
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Rani Mukerji made her debut in Bollywood in the year 1996 with  Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat. But Rani had her first commercial success with the action film Ghulam in 1998. The actress is considered as a powerhouse performer who has given us some of the most loved and talked-about performances in the history of Bollywood. Especially, how can one forget her acting in Mani Ratnam’s cult classic Yuva? Rani played the role of the vulnerable yet feisty Shashi and won the hearts of critics and audiences alike. As Yuva clocked in 16 years on 21st May 2020, Rani shared a memory that had touched her the most. 

Rani said, "One of my favourite songs from the film is Kabhi Neem Neem, Kabhi Shahad Shahad and it’s still one of my favourite songs till date! Just the way Madhushree sang it, just the way A.R. Rahman composed it and of course the way Brinda the choreographer and Mani Ratnam sir picturised the song and Ravi K shot it, was just magical. I distinctly remember, one of my all-time favourite actors, Shammiji calling me and telling me about the Kabhi Neem Neem song! He told me how much he loved my performance especially the part where I am sitting on the chair and I am reacting to Abhishek’s dance."

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She adds, “I was very close to him and I have always been a huge fan of his work, especially his songs, and hence for him to call me and compliment me for the song was even more special and meant a lot to me!”

Rani also reveals about Mani Ratnam’s unique way of directing. She said, “I have very fond memories as it was my first film under the direction of Mani sir. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him. His way of interacting with actors, I thought was really, really unique. I think working with a director like Mani Sir has helped me better my skills."

The Yuva actress added, "Why it was so fascinating was because he used to direct actors with one sentence – he always said ‘please don’t act’. So I think that was something that stayed with me even till today. The fact that Mani sir manages to get natural performances from his actors is because he works towards making the actors believe that they are those characters and I think that’s something really, really wonderful.”

Talking about her experience shooting in Kolkatta, Rani says, “I think of my memories of shooting in Calcutta (now called Kolkata) and it was very special! Loved shooting in Kolkata as it feels like home being in the city of joy.. from the food to have my grandma’s house there.. it felt so much like home.” 

She reveals that the portions showing the interiors of her Kolkata house were shot in Chennai! She added, “I remember eating all the south Indian delicacies during the shoot of Yuva which was amazing!"

On winning an award for Yuva as well as Hum Tum which was released in the same year, Rani said, "The common link between both Yuva and Hum Tum was that particular year, I won awards for both these films! It was very gratifying and nice to know that both the films and performances were appreciated by the critics as well as the audiences".

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Anonymous 6 days ago

Loved Rani’s acting and the movie..to hear an actor of her stature being humble and praising others need humility and greatnesses...please remain so forever...don’t understand why the negative comments here- love &support from south

Anonymous 6 days ago

yes she wont awards for both. Even Kajol appreciated Mani sir a lot and said she missed out on working with him for Karan. Lucky Aishwarya has 4 films with the legend.

Anonymous 6 days ago

So full of herself and she was bad in this role although role had more potential. PV please Post

Anonymous 7 days ago

Stupid haters will always hate Rani. Everybody knows that Rani has achieved the legendary bollywood actress stature.

Anonymous 7 days ago

She was not natural at and did not do justice to the role as she’s claiming.

Anonymous 7 days ago

Yea...dats y everyone went gaga over it......infct its considered one of her best...dont post lame comments jus to prove dat u r a hater

Anonymous 7 days ago

very sleazy and cheap role

Anonymous 7 days ago

Her acting was not marital at all, as she claims

Anonymous 7 days ago

She was a firecracker in that role

Anonymous 7 days ago

Amazing movie and Mani sir is a genius.

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