Rani Mukerji is one of the best actresses we have in Bollywood. She is a role model to many! There were many who thought her voice was too husky, or that she was too short to be a Bollywood heroine. But over the time, she proved these very aspects to be her USP. Over the years she gave many path breaking performances! On her 39th birthday we decided to share 5 of our favourites with you.

Black

Though many actors had played deaf and blind characters in the past, but no one played it with conviction like that of Rani in Black. the gestures, the expressions, the movements – she got everything on point. She won many accolades that year for her performance. No one ever expected Rani to give out such an immensely strong performance, let alone imagine anyone else in the role. Black is certainly one of Indian cinema’s most well acted movies.

No One Killed Jessica

This might seem like a simple role, but the tricky part was to play it with conviction. Sometimes giving a performance that leaves a mark while essaying a simple role is a challenge. Rani played a badass journalist – fictionalized version of many real journalists who helped bring justice to Jessica Lal. I still cannot get over that one shot sequence where Rani goes on live, seconds after her exercise routine. Or the scene where she runs after her boss to let her do a story, and behaves like the most stubborn person on this planet ever

Bunty aur Babli

Rani played the role of this con woman with a heart of gold with perfection. She was bubbly and she was dangerous – both at the same time. The plot of the film inspired many real life Bunty and Babli-s out there, and Rani’s convincing performance was sure an inspiration somewhere. No seriously, many legal cases in the next couple of years were reported which had similarity to the film.

Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna

C’mon! It takes A-grade acting skills to make audience feel empathy for an obviously hateable character. Rani played the role of a woman who cheats on her husband. People did hate her character, but at the same time they saw where she was coming from. Thanks to Rani’s efforts to pull off this role with ease. This was one of Bollywood’s path breaking roles.

Yuvaa

This movie is the crystal clear example that length of the role doesn’t matter. What matters is he depth of a role. Rani plays the wife of a local goon in this movie with three stories that are inter connected. The best scene is where Rani’c character realises that her husband has abandoned her, for whatever reasons, and she lashes out at the ticket checker for asking who the second ticket belonged to. We see her taking her frustration out at TC, and the scene leaves a mark. Another brilliant scene was when she tells her husband that she has aborted their child.

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