Rani Mukerji


Rani Mukerji is undoubtedly one of the most talented actresses of Bollywood. She impresses us with every film and her performance in Veer-Zaara is surely one of the best performances of her career. Today, Veer-Zaara completes 15 years of its release and Rani has revealed some interesting behind the scenes details about the movie.

The actress reveals, “There are 2 very distinct things that come to my mind when I think of Veer-Zaara. First, of course, working with the legendary Yash Chopra. Just to shoot with him was an experience by itself because when you shoot with a master like him you realise how great he is. His greatness was that he would never see the monitor! He was always behind the cameraman watching us and okaying the shots which were very new for me because the directors who I had worked with, used to be just very close to the monitor because that became the new age thing to do.”

“But when I shot with Yash uncle, I realised that how they (such iconic filmmakers) must be actually taking out work from actors because they were constantly looking at us standing next to the camera, calling for the shots. That was something really, incredibly special. He was the only director who wanted to feed us all the time to make sure we were happy and laughing,” she added.

Talking about working with Shah Rukh Khan, the actress recollects, “The other thing that I remember was seeing Shah Rukh in the old avatar which was really awkward for both of us. Before this, I had always romanced him and in this film, he had to look at me with the imagery of a daughter and I had to look at him as a father figure, which was a bit tough. Romancing Shah Rukh is much easier. So, I think that camaraderie that we had made us burst out laughing a lot of times much to the annoyance of Adi and Yash Uncle because they would be like you got to concentrate on the shot and Shah Rukh and me would start our giggle fit and it would never stop. These are the 2 main things I remember and of course, my outdoor with Yash uncle in Punjab. Punjab being his place, where he was born and brought up, the shooting experience was just incredible.”

Rani also reveals that the shooting was actually a food fest. The actress stated, “There used to be chaat on the sets like every day, there was aloo paratha and white makhan – it was a food fest. Veer-Zaara for me I just remember it as a food fest throughout.”

Rani will next be seen on the big screen in Mardaani 2 which is slated to release on 13th December 2019.