Rani Mukerji born 21 March 1978 is an Indian actress. Through her Bollywood career, she has become one of the most high-profile celebrities in India, winning several awards, including seven Filmfare Awards. She has been considered one of the most beautiful actresses in Bollywood and her film roles have been cited as a significant departure from the traditional portrayal of women in Indian cinema.
Although Mukerji was born into the Mukherjee-Samarth family, in which her parents and relatives were members of the Indian film industry, she did not aspire to pursue a career in film. However, while still a teenager she dabbled with acting by playing a supporting role
in her father’s Bengali language film Biyer Phool (1996) and later accepted a leading role in the 1997 social drama Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat on the insistence of her mother. She then began a full-time career in film and gained recognition for a supporting role in the romance
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). After this initial success in her career, Mukerji’s films fared poorly at the box office for the next three years. Her career prospects improved when Yash Raj Films cast her as the star of the drama Saathiya (2002).By 2004, Mukerji had established herself as a leading actress of Bollywood with roles in the romantic comedies
Hum Tum (2004) and Bunty Aur Babli (2005), and the dramas Yuva (2004) and Veer-Zaara (2004). She achieved further success for portraying a deaf, blind and mute woman in the acclaimed drama Black (2005) and an unhappily married woman in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). Mukerji then collaborated with Yash Raj Films on several unsuccessful films which led critics to criticise her for choosing poor roles
and pairing with the same set of actors. The semi-biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica (2011) proved to be her first box office hit in four years, and she followed it by starring in the successful thrillers Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012) and Mardaani (2014).Rani Mukerji was born in Mumbai on 21 March 1978.Her father, Ram Mukherjee (born to the Mukherjee-Samarth family),
is a former film director and one of the founders of Filmalaya Studios. Her mother, Krishna Mukherjee, is a former playback singer.Her elder brother, Raja Mukherjee, is a film producer and director.Her maternal aunt, Debashree Roy, is a Bengali film actress and her paternal cousin, Kajol, is a Hindi film actress and her contemporary.Another paternal cousin, Ayan Mukerji,
is a scriptwriter and film director.Despite her parents and most of her relatives being members of the Indian film industry, Mukerji was uninterested in pursuing a career in film.She said, “There were already too many actresses at home and I wanted to be someone different”.
Mukerji received her education at Maneckji Cooper High School in Juhu and graduated with a degree in Home Science from SNDT Women’s University.She is a trained Odissi dancer and began learning the dance form while in the tenth grade.
As part of an annual tradition, the Mukherjee family celebrates the festival of Durga Puja in the suburban neighbourhood of Santacruz every year. Mukerji, a practising Hindu, takes part in the festivities with her entire family.