Rani Mukerji’s last film, ‘Hichki’ was not only critically acclaimed but also saw a good run at the box-office. Before ‘Hichki’ she had starred in ‘Mardaani’ which released back in 2014 and then she took a break of four years to look after her daughter, Adira. In 2018, she was back with ‘Hichki’ where she played a teacher with Tourette Syndrome. A number of people from the industry saw the film and were all praises about Rani‘s performance.
Rani shared the response she received from her friends in the industry to ‘Hichki’. “I remember Karan’s (Johar) words. He told me, ‘You have performed like a veteran actor.’ Javed (Akhtar) uncle called me after the screening and said he loved my performance in Hichki more than Black. Aamir (Khan) joked that I make for a good-looking buddhi because of the last scene where I’m an old woman. This is the kind of attention an actor craves for,” she said.
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Rani, in an interview with DNA, spoke about the success of small budget films. She said, “I don’t categorise films on the basis of their budget. At the end of the day, it is a validation of my work being accepted by viewers. So, it’s not really about getting success on a higher or lower scale.”
She adds, “The audience’s appreciation is of utmost importance. When a film does well, it makes you happy. Likewise, when it flops, irrespective of its budget, you feel equally sad.”
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Rani also talks about ‘Hichki‘ having a special place in her filmography. She says, “It stands at a very important place. ‘Hichki’ was my comeback film which I did right after giving birth to my baby Adira. So there were a lot of questions I had about whether I would be able to deliver a hit, whether the audiences would like to see me on screen four years after ‘Mardaani’. ‘Hichki’ has dispelled all those questions.”