made her appearance noticed with her first big hit
film Gulam and thereafter kept on giving hits one
after another. Her performance in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
was highly appreciated. Now, with her excellent performances
in recent films like Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Har
Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Hey Raam, Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaaye
and last but not the least the recently released Kabhi
Khushi Kabhie Gham, Rani Mukerjee she has proved that
she is an excellent actress and is here to stay. She
talks at length about her career, her approach to
life and her forthcoming films - Chori Chori, Tumko
Meri Kasam and Pyar Deewana Hota Hai.
Excerpts from an interview
with SeasonsIndia correspondent Suhasini
How does it feel to be successful?
Success is something that one wants all the time.
But have I really become successful? I don't think
so. Though I am getting more offers now then before.
I have a long way to go. Maybe my directors and producers
have more confidence in me because I'm successful!
Behind this success are my associates who had confidence
How has success changed your life style?
My life style definitely changed. I don't deny that.
But work was and is the focal point of my life. Now
suddenly I am meeting a whole lot of people and a
whole lot of things are happening to me. This new
style is making me run between parties and films.
Especially after Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham clicked,
I find myself a hot person, though I did a cameo role
in the film. But then I am not taking this success
too seriously, as I know I am a rising star. I don't
want to get carried away. As I said I still have a
long way to go and competition is tough.
Tell us something about your role in Chori Chori?
Well it's a romantic love story. I am cast opposite
Ajay Devgun. It has been a lovely experience to work
with an actor of the stature of Ajay Devgun in the
film being directed by Milan Luthria who had earlier
directed Kachche Dhaage and produced by Lalit Kapoor
and Raju Nirula. I play a character called Khushi,
who is an orphan and a hostess in a hotel banquet
hall in Delhi. I meet Ajay and then the romance starts.
My character is very interesting as it reveals the
inner most desire of an orphan girl when she is raised
by a group of traditional North Indian wedding singers
and who has grown up seeing girls being wed to handsome
Is it true that you had turned
down an offer from Mani Ratnam to act in his Tamil
Well I would never do such a thing. Are you kidding
me? Whatever the script of his film may be, I'd be
too glad work with him because working in his film
would automatically prove to be a benchmark for me
as an actress. I couldn't do his earlier film because
I was already committed to my other projects. I will
be working in Saathiyan, the Hindi version of Alaipayuthe
with Vivek Oberoi, Suresh Oberoi's son. It is being
presented by Mani Ratnam and produced by Yash Chopra.
What happened to Tumko Meri
Kasam in which you were to star opposite Anil Kapoor?
There were some problems between Anilji and Mukesh
Bhattji and Anil ultimately turned down the offer.
Now I have been teamed up opposite Aftaab Shivdasani.
My role is quite challenging and I am very much excited
Tell us something about your
role in Pyar Deewana Hota Hai?
Well it is a romantic love story but the plot is different
with lots of comedy in it. Govinda is my co-star and
he is an excellent actor and comedian so it has to
be an absolute family entertainer. I cant disclose
more at this point.
Is it true that you have
turned a producer of a TV serial called Main Hoon
For your information, I have not turned a producer.
It is my brother Raja who is producing this serial
called Main Hoon Kati Patang directed by Ajay Mehra.
Though he is designing my clothes, he has always had
this urge to try his hand at production because my
dad Ram Mukherjee himself was a renowned producer-director
at one time. My dad is presenting the serial, not
Lastly are you seeing anyone?
No I am single. At this point of time I am focussed
on my work and want to concentrate only in my work.
Success in film industry doesn't stay as your friend
for too long if you do not work towards maintaining
a healthy relationship with it by working hard and
putting your best into it. Therefore love and marriage
are out of the question now. I still have time to
fall in love and I will tell you when I am in love,
that's a promise. Falling in love is not child's play.