A Bengali brought up in Mumbai, Rani Mukherjee says essaying a Maharashtrian girl in Aiyyaa made it all the more special.
The role of a Maharashtrian girl named Meenakshi Deshpande in the movie was like a dream come true for her, says Rani.
“I have always said that I am actually a Maharashtrian girl because I have been born and brought up in Maharashtra. Being a Mumbaikar, Marathi language is not alien to me. It was my dream or wish that some day I should play a Marathi girl’s role and with Aiyyaa, this dream has come true,” the 34-year-old said at a promotional event.
An Anurag Kashyap production, Aiyyaa also stars southern actor Prithviraj.
In the movie, Rani has imitated screen divas Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi and Juhi Chawla and says being a fan of them all, helped her in emulating their dance moves.
Rani says she and director Sachin Kundalkar are equally big fans of the three actresses.
“He (Sachin) has been a huge fan of Juhi, Madhuri and Sri-ji, so when he discussed the idea with me, I told him that it’s unbelievable that even I am similarly a fan of theirs. I have grown up loving them,” said Rani.
“So it was a great fit, and I think because the fit was so good, selecting those songs that we loved of theirs and paying a tribute, came naturally,” she added.
Aiyyaa is set to release in UK cinemas on 12th October and will also be screened at the London Film Festival next month.
Watch the trailer of the film here: