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New Song: ‘Phir Kya Hai Gham’ from ‘Hichki’

Rani Mukerji plays the character of Naina Mathur, a teacher dealing with Tourette Syndrome in the forthcoming YRF production, Hichki. In the film, tackling her involuntary nervous disorder to first become a teacher and then tackle societal hichkis by nurturing a motley crew of less privileged and rebellious and irreverent kids, Rani’s journey is all about overcoming weaknesses and stigmas and converting them into  victories. Phir Kya Hai Gham, the latest song from Hichki, captures this spirit perfectly.

This catchy song in the beautiful voice of Shilpa Rao inspires us to brace for life and all that it will dish out bravely. It’s about believing in ourselves and having faith in our dreams and capabilities. The lyrics have been written by Aditya Sharma and Neeraj Rajawat and this song echoes the spirit of staying positive no matter what the circumstances. Phir Kya Hai Gham is the perfect musical salute to the spirit of Hichki.

Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma, the movie is set to touch the hearts of audiences when it releases in UK cinemas on March 23.

Hichki Celebrates the Power to Dream!

The latest song from Rani Mukerji’s Hichki celebrates the human spirit to dream and achieve despite weaknesses or limiting social stigmas. Khol De Par, a beautiful melody is about courting risks and taking a chance. It’s about tapping into one’s true potential and being fearless about following one’s calling without worrying about judgments and social pressures. Arijit Singh works his magic in this soulful number. 

Canvassing the scale of the oceans, the sky and our inner voice, this song will inspire you to scale new depths within. With lilting lyrics by Raj Shekhar, Khol De Par ignites the fire in all of us to dream big, follow our dreams and ignite our potential. An innovative and varied musical mix, songs from Hichki offers a sound that appeals to each one of us.

Rani plays the character of Naina Mathur who has a nervous system disorder, Tourette Syndrome that forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds. Hichki focuses on turning disadvantages into opportunities and staring down at challenges that life throws at one and ultimately winning over them. Hichki is also a subtle reminder about discrimination that exists in our society and has become a part of our daily lives. It highlights this through the story of Naina, who faces discrimination from our society that firmly believes she cannot be a teacher because of her disorder. Progressive, brave and positive, the movie is about the power of will and determination. Hichki salutes the unsung efforts dedicated teachers make and their life changing impact on their students.

Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma, the movie is set to touch the hearts of audiences when it releases on March 23.

Rani and her class of fourteen bring the beat alive with Madamji, Go Easy

 The catchy, street style cool song Madamji, Go Easy from Rani Mukerji starrer Hichki is now out on YouTube. Featuring her onscreen students, the motley crew of section 9F, this song from Hichki captures the irreverent, rebellious and energetic spirit of these young adults grappling with life in the basti, their poor neighborhood. 

Sung by Benny Dayal and David Klyton, and with lyrics by Raj Shekhar and David Kylton, the spunky Madamji, Go Easy is a rap meets desi hip hop track, reflecting a popular organic music form that has emerged from India’s slums and poorer urban neighborhoods. With catchy lyrics like “Sab wi-fi, hum 3G” and colloquial Mumbai terms like“Matha Pacchi”, this Hichki song has the thump and beat of popular street poetry. With Tamil rap interspersed and Mumbaiya Hindi, the words of this song get your head bobbing and your feet tapping. 

The class of 9F is made up of 14 onscreen students representing fresh, raw energy of youth. 

Rani plays the character of Naina Mathur who has a nervous system disorder, Tourette syndrome that forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds.Hichki focusses on turning disadvantages into opportunities and staring down at challenges that life throws at one and ultimately winning over them. It is also a subtle reminder about discrimination that exists in our society and has become a part of our daily lives. It highlights this through the story of Naina, who faces discrimination from our society that firmly believes she cannot be a teacher because of her disorder.  

Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma, the movie is set to touch the hearts of audiences when it releases in UK cinemas via Yash Raj Films on 23rd March 2018.

 

Rani Mukerji launches ‘Oye Hichki’ at her old school

Rani Mukerji went back to school, her alma mater Maneckji Cooper today to launch the promotional video from her forthcoming release, Oye Hichki. A catchy song, which is also the first song that the makers have released, sees Rani call out the prevalent social Hichkis like preference for fair skin, looking down at people with disabilities, girls not having the right to choose their life partners, etc. This video highlights the different types of discrimination prevalent in our society today that exists in each and everyone of us. This song urges everyone to identify them and overcome them, one discrimination at a time. Rani launched the song at her school Maneckji Cooper today afternoon.

Rani plays the character of Naina Mathur who has a nervous system disorder, Tourette Syndrome that forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds. Hichki focuses on turning disadvantages into opportunities and staring down at challenges that life throws at one and ultimately winning over them. It is also a subtle reminder about discrimination that exists in our society and has become a part of our daily lives. It highlights this through the story of Naina, who faces discrimination from our society that firmly believes she cannot be a teacher because of her disorder. Sung by Harshdeep Kaur and lyrics by Jaideep Sahni, the catchy Oye Hichki song is choreographed by none other than Vaibhavi Merchant.

Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma, the movie is set to touch the hearts of audiences when it releases in UK cinemas via Yash Raj Films on 23 March 2018.

 

Rani Mukerji is back with ‘Hichki’

 

The acclaimed actress’ forthcoming film is an uplifting, inspiring entertainer.

Rani Mukerji’s next, Hichki, celebrates self-belief, resilience of human spirit and hope. The film is about turning disadvantages into opportunities and staring down at challenges and ultimately winning over them. She plays the role of Naina Mathur who has a nervous system disorder, Tourette Syndrome that forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds.

YRF’s Hichki has been directed by Siddharth P. Malhotra and has been produced by Maneesh Sharma. The film is set to release in UK cinemas via Yash Raj Films on Feb 23, next year.

Interview: “I take complete inspiration from someone like Meryl Streep” – Rani Mukerji

Rani MukerjiBollywood royalty Rani Mukerji was in the English capital last month to attend a charity dinner held by the British Asian Trust. 

The event was also attended by The Prince Of Wales, who is the charity’s president, and The Duchess Of Cornwall along with Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi; music and television producer, Simon Cowell and X-Factor Judge, Louis Walsh among many others. 

This year’s event was in support of The British Asian Trust’s work in empowering disadvantaged people in South Asia to transform their lives. This year’s event also marked the launch of a new anti-trafficking fund for India to build on work which the British Asian Trust has already been doing to support vulnerable girls affected by violence and abuse.

Rani Mukerji also addressed the guests at the event and spoke about child trafficking, something the Mardaani actress feels strongly about.  

Our Bollywood correspondent Sunny Malik caught up with Rani where she spoke about the event, her last film Mardaani and much more…

You come to London pretty often. What do you love about the UK, besides the fact that you have a huge fan base here?
I can’t put it in words as I can only feel this. As actors, we put a lot of effort into our work when we are performing for a film. Our main agenda is to make our fans happy. The fact that I have a fan base so far away from India is a nice feeling. It’s nice to know that NRI’s or people who watch Indian films in the UK like my work. It reassures me that whatever I am doing is right. It gives me the feeling that since they are liking my work, I can do better and achieve more.

Rani Mukerji (1)You attended the British Asian Trust charity dinner in London as the guest of honour recently. How important was it for you to be here?
I think it is very important to be speaking at a platform or at an event, where people come together for a cause. The theme was anti-trafficking. My recent film Mardaani brought this issue, child trafficking, into the limelight and it became a national topic in India. That speaks a lot for a film. Usually, films with a social cause do not perform well at the box office. Mardaani managed to make noise among the audiences, the critics and did well at the box office. That goes to show how important the film was for India. It created awareness about a subject in India. I think, many people are still ignorant about it. They do not believe that this can happen to their own children. Every eight minutes, a girl disappears in India. There a millions of girls who are trafficked and sold daily. In India people reacted positively to the film. Parents started enrolling their children into Karate classes to empower them and for them to defend themselves. When I was invited to talk at the platform for the British Asian Trust, I felt it was important to make noise about this issue. It was my absolute honour to share the stage with Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. He has been supporting this case for about forty-five years. To have someone like him with me on stage to talk about these important issues meant a great deal to me. Mardaani also resonated with people overseas and hence, I was invited to London.

Mardaani Poland 1Mardaani recently premiered in Poland. Did you ever imagine that a film like Mardaani will receive such international appreciation?
Honestly, I didn’t. But somewhere in my heart, while I was completing the film, I knew that the cause that we are showing in the film is a global problem. There are thousands of Eastern European girls trafficked into the United Kingdom. Every country in the world is suffering from the issue of child trafficking. I never imagined that my film will release in Poland. That came to me as a pleasant surprise. Usually, it’s the big films that are made with a hundred crore budget that get a wide international release. It was also good to see that the 75 percent of the audience that attended the premiere in Warsaw were Polish. That includes fans, press, local actors and producers and normal audiences. It was a huge honour for me to represent my entire team there who had worked on the film and also those who worked on the research for Mardaani. When we were researching for the film, people were extremely happy that we are making a film on this issue. We weren’t glamorising it. We were simply showing the truth. We didn’t over-exaggerate or melodramatise the issue.

 

Don’t you think that dubbing Hindi movies for an international audience is the next step forward?
I think it would be great. The Polish audience saw the film with Polish subtitles. They related with the film and were emoting with the characters in the movie. I feel that somewhere there is hope. I am sure that films with an international appeal that tackle social problems or have human stories, will then have a wider audience. Today people around the world are quite accepting to see movies from India. It could be the next way forward. That decision, however, is with the distribution and production team. They will consider whether it will add value to their project.

Mardaani Poland 3You once said you only do a film if the script excites you. Do other factors not matter to you?
What really matters to me first is the script and what my character has to do in accordance with the script. These two things are of utmost importance. It is also important to know whom the film is being produced by. India probably makes the highest number of films in a year worldwide. We have so many different languages and we produce around nine hundred films a year. It is important to know who the producer is in a country where films are being made so rampantly. That is because you can be part of a great film but it may not get a good release and not reach the audiences correctly. Hence, it is important along with the script and subject, to choose the right production house which can take the film to places. Many films stay in the cans and never see a release. These two things are very important when I sign a film.

Award shows recently celebrated what we call “women-centric movies”. Do you feel audiences in India are now more accepting of females playing the central character in movies?
You know, I am very surprised when almost everyone talks like that. We are an industry where we had Nutan act in films like Sujata, Bandini and we had Nargis in films like Mother India. I don’t see it as a great shift that people are suddenly accepting these kind of films. We had heroines in the sixties who worked in projects where they were the main lead. Those films were blockbuster. People are now suddenly warming up to the fact that there are movies with woman protagonists that are doing well. I think it has always been happening. It’s just that every particular decade we have a trend of audiences getting attracted to a kind of cinema. It started with Rani Mukerji (2)Mr. Bachchan in the seventies where the angry young man role became popular. In the eighties, we had masala movies doing well. In the nineties we had the NRI movies that became a trend. In the 2000s, we had indie kind of films doing well like Lagaan and Dil Chahta Hai, which probably would not have been known as popular cinema ever before. These kind of films started doing well. That is only because India as country, has a vast population and the youth is changing every year. With the exposure of foreign films that youngsters can watch online and with Hollywood movies that they can watch in India now, they are yearning for similar movies from Indian film-makers. I think, whenever there is good content, the film will be successful regardless of who the protagonist is. 

Are you happy with the way your career has shaped up so far?
I have so many actors who inspire me. I take complete inspiration from someone like Meryl Streep. The kind of films that she is even churning out today, is inspiring. For an actor like me, there are still many interesting projects and films. Not only from India, as I would be more than glad to be a part of films from abroad.  I would not dare to say that I am very happy and satisfied the way my career has shaped. There is a long way to go

A version of this article appeared in Asian Sunday Newspaper 1st March 2015. 

Photos: Rani Mukerji attends British Asian Trust Charity Dinner

Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji attended a charity dinner held by the British Asian Trust earlier today in the English capital. 

The event was also attended by The Prince Of Wales, who is the charity’s president, and The Duchess Of Cornwall along with Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi; music and television producer, Simon Cowell and X-Factor Judge, Louis Walsh among many others. 

This year’s event was in support of The British Asian Trust’s work in empowering disadvantaged people in South Asia to transform their lives. This year’s event also marked the launch of a new anti-trafficking fund for India to build on work which the British Asian Trust has already been doing to support vulnerable girls affected by violence and abuse.

Rani Mukerji also addressed the guests at the event and spoke about child trafficking, something the Mardaani actress feels strongly about.  

Speaking to press at the event, Rani said, “Through my film Mardaani, child trafficking became a national focus in my country [India]. These are the little steps towards making an effort.”

 

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Rani Mukerji Wins Hearts At Mardaani Premiere in Poland

Mardaani Poland 1Yash Raj Films’ Mardaani premiered in Poland at Warsaw’s Kino Muranow theatre, one of the oldest art house theatres in the country, yesterday. Rani Mukerji, who arrived for a full day of extensive press followed by the premiere, left winning over the hearts of the press and fans alike.

The film received a standing ovation from the audience and Rani Mukerji was congratulated by one and all for her exceptional performance and for being a part of such a relevant and sensitive film. What was really special was the presence of the extremely reticent Polish DoP, Artur Zurawski, who had worked on the film and finally watched it with his family at the premiere. Championing the war against the evil of society in the form of child trafficking, Rani Mukerji shared her anguish of learning so much during her research of what goes on in this dark and dangerous world and her preparation for yet another performance that was such a departure for her as an actor. 

The audience, which consisted of 90 per cent Polish natives, was both pleased and surprised at how Indian cinema was evolving and now telling stories that are more than just escapism and spoke a more International cinematic language. During the Q&A after the screening, the audience put some very interesting and varied questions to both the actress and the DoP, but there were some who simply wanted to say “Thank You” for making a brave film.

Mardaani Poland 2Rani Mukerji, who is currently still in Poland said: “It was a very special day as Mardaani released in Poland today. The response to the film by the Polish people made the evening even more special and it reiterates the fact that a good film finds an audience irrespective of the language in any part of the world as art doesn’t have borders or barriers. I will cherish forever the love and adulation I received today from Poland.”

The film’s premiere in Poland is a trendsetting event – it makes Rani Mukerji the first Indian actor to visit the country to premiere a Hindi film. Mardaani goes on a platform release in the country from Friday 30th January. 

Directed by Pradeep Sarkar, the film was critically acclaimed and loved by audiences when it released worldwide in August last year, with many calling Mardaani Rani Mukerji’s career-best performance.

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“When I kick, ten people won’t fly. It’s a real film” – Rani Mukherjee on ‘Mardaani’

Female cop characters in Bollywood are often portrayed in a superhuman monotone colour, as either props for humour or too far fetched from reality. Actress Rani Mukherjee describes how real cops are very different in terms of both personality and demeanour. Speaking about her character soon to be released Mardaani and how realistic the portrayal is, she says, “In this film, I am playing a no-nonsense courageous, brave female cop. It is a very real portrayal of a cop. It is something that I haven’t seen in Bollywood before and that makes Mardaani very special. The attempt here is to show female cops in the way they are in this country.”

Rani goes on to describe how cop films in Bollywood are increasingly detached from reality: “There is a great bias that exists between female and male cops. I would like to ask a question to all those people who feel a lady cop is different from male cop, would a lady pilot fly a plane differently from a male pilot? Why is it even fodder for humour? Will a lady pilot fly a plane upside down? Even with cops, even if you are a female you are doing your duty as brilliantly as any other male cop. Just because it is a female cop, one would say eh kya hai re! We are subjected to cop films, where a cop is kicking and ten people fly. So obviously that you will not get to see because it is not real. You will get to see a real portrayal.”

Setting a new benchmark in the emerging female-centric genre in Indian filmmaking on a world cinema platform, Rani Mukherjee champions her most challenging role to date in Yash Raj Films’ raw, gritty and topical thriller, Mardaani, releasing in UK cinemas on 22nd August 2014.

Rani Mukherji and Aditya Chopra tie the knot in Italy

Rani in KANKYash Raj Films has announced that Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukerji got married on 21st April in Italy. According to the statement, the wedding was a very small intimate affair with very close family and friends.

Rani Mukherji also released a statement saying, “I would like to share the happiest day of my life with all my fans all over the world whose love and blessings have been part of my journey all these years. I know that all my well-wishers who have waited for this day will be really happy for me. It was a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside with just a few of our close family and friends with us.”

“The one person I missed terribly was Yash Uncle, but I know he was there with us in spirit and his love and blessings will always be with Adi and me. I have always believed in fairy-tales and with God’s grace my life has been exactly like one, and now as I enter the most important chapter of my life – the fairy-tale continues,” added the actress.

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We wish the couple a very happy married life.

 

Yash Raj Films sign Rani Mukherji for ‘Mardaani’

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Premiere - Rani MukherjiYash Raj Films has announced its next release with director Pradeep Sarkar – Mardaani.

Starring Rani Mukerji in the lead, playing the role of a cop for the first time, the raw and gritty film will be YRF’s boldest subject ever to be made and a distinct departure from Pradeep Sarkar’s style of filmmaking.

Speaking to Times Of India, Sarkar said: “After Lafenge…, I was working on Mardaani. I didn’t make much noise about it and people wondered where I had gone. I directed many ads in the interim. But now I am bursting to get back on film sets.”

“I am looking forward to direct this big one for YRF. We shall be shooting the major portions of the film in Mumbai,” added the director.

Directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Aditya Chopra, the film will go on floor by the last quarter of the year and is slated for a 2014 release worldwide.