Rani Mukerji says she got into acting because her family needed money: 'I didn't realise it at the time.'

Rani Mukerji, an actress, spoke about her early career in films in the 1990s. She had no idea her family’s financial situation was dire.

Rani Mukerji has been in the movie business for over 25 years. She made her acting debut in 1996 with the Bengali film Biyer Phool and later in Hindi with Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat. The actor recently revealed that she was not interested in acting as a child. She explained that, despite coming from a film family, her parents never discussed the industry at home.

After two years, the actor is back with a new film, Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway, this month. Rani plays an Indian woman living in Norway whose young children are taken away from her because she is deemed an unfit mother in the drama based on true events. Her mother encouraged her to pursue a career as an actress when she was younger.

Rani later realised that her family’s financial situation was not ideal at the time, and that by working, she could help them improve their situation. “When I grew up, an offer came my way,” the actor recalled in an interview with Pinkvalla.

My mother politely told me to try it and if it didn’t work, I could go back to school. Maybe I didn’t realise it at the time, but my family’s situation necessitated financial assistance. But I didn’t consider it as much as this. No child believes their parents are struggling.”

She went on to say, “The lifestyle that my parents attempted to provide for me and my brother was quite comfortable. I’m so glad she did because I’m in love with my job right now.” When she was younger, she considered becoming a lawyer or an interior designer.

Rani’s father, Ram Mukherjee, was a director and one of the founders of Filmalaya Studios before she was born. He directed Hum Hindustani (1960) and Leader (1964), as well as introducing Rani with Biyer Phool, Prosenjit Chatterjee, and Indrani Haldar.

The actor was most recently seen in the Bollywood film Bunty Aur Babli 2 alongside Saif Ali Khan, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Sharvari Wagh. Anirban Bhattacharya, Jim Sarbh, and Neena Gupta also appear in Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway.

Rani Mukerji’s portrayal of a heartbroken but strong mother in the trailer for her upcoming film Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway has received praise and emotional reactions. The plot revolves around her fight to reclaim her children who have been placed in foster care in Norway. Rani is overwhelmed by the responses, claiming that she hasn’t received as much love since her 2005 film Black, in which she played a blind and deaf woman.

Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway is directed by Ashima Chibber and is based on the true story of a couple who were separated from their two children in 2011. Rani says it’s unusual to see people “get teary-eyed and cry” after only watching a trailer.

“The reactions to the trailer have been too special and overwhelming, to say the least,” Rani said, overwhelmed by the response. I’m overwhelmed by the support I’ve received from people all over the world, including my fans, people who have watched the trailer on social media, and my own industry colleagues, friends, and family.

This is probably the first time in my entire career that I have witnessed such love and emotion for my work!! This was the last time I recall it happening during Black! Rarely do we see such unanimity in response to a trailer. It’s never happened before to see people tear up and cry after seeing a movie trailer.”

Mrs. Chatterjee vs. Norway will hit theatres on March 17. It also features key performances by Anirban Bhattacharya, Jim Sarbh, and Neena Gupta. Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, and Karan Johar have all praised the film trailer.

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