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Rani Mukherjee Biography

Rani Mukerji is an Indian film actress who works in Bollywood movies. Making her acting debut with Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat (1997), Mukerji had her first commercial success with Karan Johar's romantic movie, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), her biggest hit so far, and won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in the film. 

She re-invented her image with the commercially and critically successful Saathiya (2002), for which she received numerous awards and nominations.

Early Life And Background

Mukerji comes from a film-oriented family of Bengali origin. Her father Ram Mukherjee was a director and one of the founders of Filmalaya Studios, while her mother Krishna was a playback singer. Her brother Raja Mukherjee is a film producer, now turned director. 

Mukerji is a trained Odissi dancer and began learning dance in the tenth grade. Mukerji studied at Maneckji Cooper High School in Juhu, and later enrolled at Mithibai College in Mumbai.

Acting Career

Mukerji as Tina Malhotra in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) is her biggest commercial success to date. Mukerji had a successful comeback in 1998 with Ghulam, opposite Aamir Khan; the film did well at the box office. The song Aati Kya Khandala made Mukerji popular among the masses, earning her the nickname of Khandala Girl. Karan Johar's directorial debut, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, co-starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, was her next release that year. The movie was a blockbuster, and she received her first Filmfare Award in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Personal Life

Mukerji changed the English transliteration of her surname from Mukherjee to Mukerji several years ago. At that time, it was reported that she did this for numerological reasons. In 2006, Mukerji stated that numerology was not a concern; her name had been put down as Mukerji on her passport, and she wanted it to be consistent.

Controversies

In June 2005, Mukerji was widely criticized following the publication of an interview with British newspaper Desi Xpress. Mukerji was asked to name her idol and she replied, "Adolf Hitler". However, in an interview with Times Now a year later, she denied ever mentioning Hitler's name.

In November 2006, Mukerji was shooting for the film Laaga Chunari Mein Daag in Varanasi when avid fans crowded the set. Security personnel beat the crowd back. A media storm followed as various groups insisted that Mukerji should have stopped the security guards. Mukerji later issued an apology.
 

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