After ages, Rani Mukherji made a rare appearance at the recent opening of a designer store in the city, and has agreed to be on Karan’s new show that has been produced by Yash Chopra. Except that, the actress has completely cut off all her ties with some of her regular Bollywood contacts and she almost never steps out of her house.
Currently, Rani is shooting for Rajendra Gupta’s ‘No One Killed Jessica,’ along with Vidya Balan. One of her close filmmaker friends says, “She goes to the studios only when required. Other than that, she has stopped communicating with all of us. I have tried to get her to come out for a movie or have dinner with us but she does not respond.”
Though her friends understand her very well that Rani needs her space right now, but they all are concerned about her and her reclusive behavior. They sincerely hope that this is just a temporary phase and Rani is not joining the ranks of some of the senior actresses like Tabu and Rekha who spend more time behind their locked doors than required.
The original plan to cast a big star for the role of Jessica Lal, the assassinated model from Delhi, in the upcoming movie ‘No One Killed Jessica‘ has fallen out. Vidya Balan is playing Jessica’s sister Sabrina Lal and Rani Mukherji is playin the role of an investigative journalist. However, the chance of finding an established actor to play the small role of Jessica Lal has faded out. The directors and producers are facing a lack of choice and have decided to cast a newcomer for this role.
A close source says, “Once Vidya and Rani were cast, established actresses who were approached guessed the will have a very little to do especially as the character who gets murdered in the early part of the story. Now they have no choice but to cast a newcomer.” Director of the movie Rajkumar Gupta confirmed saying, “We are looking at casting a new girl as Jessica. We feel the impact of the crime on the audience’s mind would be far greater if the actress playing Jessica is an unknown face, we are looking at a theater actor for Jessica’s role and for other smaller roles.” Siddharth Roy Kapoor of UTV said, “Apart from Rani Mukherji and Vidya Balan, all the other characters in the film form the supporting cast. They are good actors but not known faces.”
After showcasing her cricketing skills in Dil Bole Hadippa, Rani Mukherjee is all geared up to judge a dance show for a TV channel. The show will be the biggest dance show ever produced on television which will be aired on every Friday and Saturday on 8 pm. Rani will be the ‘Celebrity Judge’ on the show.
The show is based on a league format, so talking about it Rani says, “After playing Veer and Veera in Dil Bole Hadippa, the show seemed like a natural extension.”
Rani is one of the great dancers in Bollywood, so talking about dance, she says, “Dance is my passion. I have learnt Odissi dance form. The show is all about passion. It showcases the best of regional flavor, culture and pride of contestants for their region.”
Contestants from across the country as well as from overseas can take part in to it. So how she is going to judge it? “Not every great dancer is technically-trained”. “You either have it in you to dance or you don’t, it’s God-gifted. It’s more important to dance with your heart, rather than worry about whether you’re technically right or wrong. As a judge on the show, I’m not going to judge whether the hands are aligned or in position, that’s Shiamak’s job. But I am going to be a good judge,” explains the queen.
The actress is excited to connect with her fans thorough the television. “Television is a great medium. It gives me an opportunity to communicate with millions of people who have supported me and my films. I hope they will continue to support me in this new endeavor in much the same way as they have through the years,” says Rani.
Rani Mukherjee and Shahid Kapoor starrer Dil Bole Hadippa! will be screened at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) . Rani is honored to walk the Red Carpet of the prestigious film festival on 13th September.
Both producer Aditya Chopra and director Anurag Basu are confident that viewers will love the chemistry between Shahid and Rani. Rani dresses up like a man to pursue her dream in the film.
The biggest banner of Bollywood Yash Raj Films is planning to enter into the world of small screen with a TV show called rishta.com. The show will be a comedy show which will show a matrimony office through which couples meet. However to make the entry grand, YRF is not leaving any stone unturned. It is in talks with the big actors who worked for the banner to make a cameo on the show. According to reports Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Preity Zinta, Uday Chopra, Tabu, Ritesh Deshmukh and Jugal Hansraj are the amongst who will make appearance to the show.
According to a source “YRF is leaving no stone unturned to make a grand entry in television. They have spoken to most of the top actors, who have worked with them. While most of the actors have already agreed to make an appearance in Rishta.com, some are still being approached. The show is about a matrimony office through which couples meet,” said a source.
The look of the show and costumes are finalized and director Rishabh Seth will direct it. The show will be broadcasted in October. When contacted to YRF, its spokesperson said, “YRF is working on various television concepts, which are right now at different stages of development and are untitled. We will make an announcement when everything is in place.”
Actress Rani Mukherji, whose acting career seems to be downing will shift to her old house at Yari Road from her current residence at Juhu bungalow. Rani shifted to Juhu house early last year and given her old house on rent. Rani feels that the Juhu bungalow is inauspicious for her as none of the film after her shift has done good business. So she plans to shift at old house at Kalyan Complex on Yari Road before the release of her upcoming film Dil Bole Haddipa. And for this Rani has given orders to the tenants of her Juhu flat to vacate the house and eventually the tenants have already vacated it.
One source revealed, “After shifting to Juhu, Rani had rented out the Kalyan Complex house to a family. However, a couple of weeks ago, the tenants were asked to vacate the house since Rani has decided not to take any more chances. She will soon be shifting back to her old house where she became a big star. The tenants have already vacated the flat and Rani will be shifting there once the release date of Dil Bole Haddipa is finalised.”
Aditya Chopra going to re-shoot an untitled Rani Mukherjee-Shahid Kapoor starrer film, which was previously directed by Anuraag Singh.
As YRF’s recent film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi didn’t worked up to expectations, the production house is getting conscious and doubly sure about their films. A Rani Mukherjee-Shahid Kapoor starrer untitled venture of YRF, which is directed by debutant director Anuraag Singh is doomed. Everybody involved in the film is unhappy with the results and now it’s decided that it will have reshot. Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra are unhappy with the 60 percent of the film.
One source said, “Anuraag Singh has been associated with Aditya Chopra for a long time and Adi was very keen to give him a film to direct. However, there have been constant reports about Adi being unhappy with the way the film was being shot. First, his lady love (Rani) objected to the ways of Singh so she was ghost-directing the film. Later, Adi and Yashji saw the film and did not approve of it. They felt that the film was not up to the YRF standards. Now that Rab Neâ€¦ has released, Adi saw the shot portions once again and feels that the film should be reshot.”
But the source added that there is no bitterness between Adi and Anuraag. “Anuraag holds Adi in high esteem and has understood his point of view. Majority of the portions will be reshot now.”
On the other hand, Aashish Singh, VP productions YRF, said, “Not True. There is no re-shooting. The shootings are happening on schedule.”
In the film, Rani is playing a role of a cricket enthusiast. She is obsessed with the sport so much that can go to any level to play it. Her obsession leads in such a way that she becomes a Sardar and enters in a male cricket team.