It was said that married female actors were not considered to be a part of many films in Bollywood. But actors namely Kareena Kapoor Khan, Rani Mukerji, Anushka Sharma have broken that stereotypes and having a successful career in the movies.
Talking about the same, Rani stated to a leading daily, "What we forget is that an actor will always be an actor on screen. 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 mindset and perception vis-à-vis a particular actor."
She further spoke taking an example of Aamir Khan saying, "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."
Rani also said, "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."
In her career of more than two decades, Rani's film Black is considered as one of her finest performances ever. She said, "People still talk about my work in Black; somewhere it has impacted them."
She concluded by saying, "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."