It’s Rani Mukerji’s 40th birthday today and after a four-year absence from the screen, following marriage and the birth of her child, Mukerji will make her comeback with the comedy-drama HICHKI. The film is inspired by the life of Brad Cohen, and features Mukerji in the lead role of Naina Mathur, an aspiring teacher suffering from Tourette syndrome.
Rani has given so much to the industry for over two decades. She has been one of the most versatile actor, she has donned different roles like being a lover, to hard hitting roles. Her famous films include, KUCH KUCHI HOTA HAI, BLACK, NAYAK, CHORI CHORI CHUPKE CHUPKE, HAR DIL JO PYAAR KAREGA.
On her birthday Rani wrote a heartfelt letter, and mentioned that she has been in the industry for 22 years, and her journey has been a great learning experience. she further went on to say how she helped in breaking the stereotype and what made her realize she is prepared to choose a profession of acting.
Excerpts from the interview:
“As a woman, I must admit, it has not been an easy journey. I had to prove myself everyday. Actresses have to prove themselves everyday. A woman has a short career span, a married woman’s equity dies, women are not bankable commodities at the box office, ‘female-centric’ (I hate this word!) films are huge risks, a married actress who is also a mother is the final nail in the coffin of her dreams, ambitions and aspirations these are some of the discriminatory stereotypes that we have to live with and try to overcome every single day.”
Talking about her own attempt to overcome this stereotype, she adds, “I have tried to take on this sexist stereotype by coming back to acting after my marriage and motherhood. And I promise you, I will continue working and battling these stereotypes with all my fellow stunning, beautiful, kind and talented actresses and hope to see our society and the film industry mature further.”
Read the full letter above