Rani Mukherjee is one of the few actresses to have worked with all the three Khans of Bollywood. She recently confessed that she has a soft spot for all the three Khans, Salman, Shahrukh and Aamir Khan, with whom she worked at a very young age.
Rani said in a group interview: “I have a soft corner for Salman, Shahrukh and Aamir because at an impressionable age, I worked with them. I was 17-18. At that age, you look up to some people and that always remains irrespective of whatever happens.”
“Your comfort level with them is such that you can’t compare it with any other co-star. The kind of love and support they showed towards me when I was a newcomer will stay with me for life,” said the 34-year-old actress.
Rani worked with Salman in Chori Chori and later in Baabul. With Shahrukh, she was seen in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Paheli. And with Aamir Khan, she was seen in Ghulam then Mangal Pandey and the two will be seen together once again in Talaash, which hits theaters this week.
She said: “I always treated myself as a youngster or as a learner in front of two people – Aamir and Shah Rukh – as I started my career with them. So I do look up to them in a different way. I may not be shy in front of them any more, but I learn a lot from them. When they suggest anything to me, it’s important for me to take their suggestion.”
After Anurag Kashyap’s Aiyya, Talaash will be Rani’s second film this year. Though Aiyya failed to impress her fans, she’s looking to prove herself once again with Talaash.
Rani said: “I would not want to be a part of any project that I feel would not work. An actor like me always wants to work to get appreciation of the audiences. And appreciation can only come if people will come to watch the film.”
“In ‘Aiyyaa’, probably people didn’t come. It is a very sad situation for me. We actors always crave for adulation.” She added.
Rani also said that she’s moved on after Aiyya, as it never helps to sit and sulk after a movie fails to impress the audience.
“I don’t really get stuck in a time warp where if my film is a success, I have to keep partying till the next one releases or if my film is a flop, I keep wallowing in sorrow until the next comes my way.
“My hard work in each film is always there. Till date, nobody has pointed out a flaw in my acting. At least they say Rani’s film didn’t work, but she was fabulous. I work towards maintaining that,” she said.
A film’s box office performance cannot be predicted, she said.
She said: “We are not saints, gods, spiritual human beings that we can sit and decide whether a film will do well or not. It is not in our hands.”
“You are a worker. How can your work give you frustration? From childhood, we’re taught that there will be good days; there will be bad days; you will win some and lose some. But because of that you don’t become negative, frustrated and depressed,” she added.
According to Rani, choosing the right films is the most important, as it always brings out the best results.
“It could get saturated or monotonous if I would do the same characters again and again. That is why to save myself from that feeling, I take time out to choose roles that excite me,” she said.
Talaash also stars Kareena Kapoor, the movie is expected to release on Nov 30.