Rani Mukerji in a new avatar
Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji is tired of answering to queries about her marriage. Even if it may not be happening anytime soon, she assures all that she will tie the knot and her groom will come riding a horse with fanfare.
Dressed in a long, black dress with an orange stole, the actress was at her wittiest best at the launch of the first look of her forthcoming film ‘No One Killed Jessica’, based on model Jessica Lall’s murder case.
Also present were actress Vidya Balan, UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala, director Rajkumar Gupta and Jessica’s sister Sabrina Lall. Rani even tried to pull a fast one on Vidya Balan, and asked her when she would be getting married. “I have no raja. I don’t know when I’ll get married. First you (Rani) get married, then I will do so after you,” quipped Vidya, who wore a mouse-coloured shirt-dress.
After playing variety of roles, Rani Mukerji will be seen in a completely different avatar in ‘No One Killed Jessica’ - she plays a journalist who smokes cigarettes and hurls abuses.
“(Director) Rajkumar Gupta wanted me to give the impression of a strong journalist and to represent media as it is. I have seen a few female reporters smoke. I am just playing you all...so you can’t put me in trouble for this,” said Rani, a non-smoker.
The film’s first look was unveiled and Rani was seen using Hindi abuses in the trailer of the film, which deals with model Jessica Lall’s murder case. Jessica was shot dead by Manu Sharma, son of a Haryana politician, in 1999.
Rani said she didn’t have to go an extra mile to play the role in ‘No One Killed Jessica’, which also features Vidya Balan. “Thanks to my career, I have met a lot of reporters and anchors. So I didn’t have to meet any one specific for my characterisation in the film. Rajkumar just wanted me to use my experience with journalists to be like them in the film,” she said.
Gupta says abuses were imperative to Rani’s role.
“The abuses have been used to define attitude and not in a derogatory sense. These days abuses are a part and parcel of conversational language and we didn’t feel that there was any harm in using them,” said Gupta. The cast and crew of the movie hope that the censor allows the film to pass without the beeps so that the audience gets a real taste of the movie.
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