EXCLUSIVE: Rani Mukerji on battling financial lows: Not all are privileged
One of the most acclaimed actors in Indian cinema, Rani Mukerji, recently completed 25 years in Bollywood. She made her acting debut in 1996 with the Bengali film ‘Biyer Phool’ when she was just 16. Later, she made her debut in the Hindi cinema with ‘Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat’ in the same year, and ever since she has carved a space in the industry.
She belongs to the Mukerji family who once had a great hold because of owning Filmalaya Studios, the actress has also seen a lot of bad days owing to the financial losses her father Ram Mukherjee was facing at that time.
Now, in an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Bubble, Rani Mukerji opened up on battling with financial lows. She said that people should understand that not everyone is privileged in the film industry. “People are also poor in film families, people also come from humble backgrounds.”
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The ‘Hitchki’ actress said: “Today the film industry is different because there is alot of corporatization in the business today, but that time, people would sell their homes to just release a film. Producers were left on the roads because they didn’t have money to make another film and so many times, there have been families that have been destroyed and come on the streets because there was no other means. Being from a film family always does not speak of any privilege. “
Further, Mukerji added that filmmaker Salim Akhtar did not cast her because she is someone’s daughter or niece. “I was taken because he probably thought that I had the spark to face the camera.”
Meanwhile, on the work front, she will be seen next in ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’, a sequel of her 2005 film with the same name. It will star Saif Ali Khan, Siddhanth Chaturvedi, and Sharvari Wagh, which is scheduled to release on 19 November.
Check out the full conversation: