I love Rani Mukherjee's smile!

Publié le 2 Avril 2008

 

For a long time now I have been wanting to actually speak about Rani Mukherjee: suspicious, no? I had been doing these comments about all these books and films, which have nothing to do with her, and at the back, there had always been that lingering need to bask in that light, the light of her smile. I suppose it’s more than that: it’s really exposing myself in the act of dealing with her, baring my interest in her…

 



 

Anyway, here goes: what I Reeeeaaallly like about her is that SMILE (and that Voice)! When I think of her, that’s what come to my mind immediately. It’s silly, because I know it’s false, but isn’t she ALWAYS smiling in her movies? (well anyway, she always has that amazing voice!)

 

 

 

Much of what I love in Bollywood is because of her. There are so many sources of enjoyment in Indian cinema that it would be very sad to restrict my pleasure to her, but she’s there, today, in a position of her own, with her class, her charm, and that is the reason why I am writing.

I know that I am partly manipulated, and that I love perhaps more that public, madeup image she gives of herself, than her “true”, non-madeup self. But that’s perhaps only normal, I tell myself. All this is fantasy, anyway!


I’m here in France, involved in my everyday little problems, and she’s in her world, her life, and what brings us together is that glitzy world of cinema, glamour, and advertisements. What I know of her is through this prism, I can’t help it. It’s true for all the cinema stars and many public figures, of course. But I’m made sensitive to it, perhaps, because with her (as with other stars) I feel (and resonate with) another personality that I divine under the mask, behind the prism.



I realise that what I’m saying is nothing very original, and corresponds probably to everybody’s experience of star-adulation: we believe we “know” something more about our favourite stars, something of their private person that we can sense from their public appearances. And of course, we learn about their character, well, at least the one journalists and interviewers bring out…

 

So I must confess: I don’t know much about Rani the private woman! I know and enjoy that mask of hers she wears to appear in public. And yet! And yet, I used to be the one that said that the actors we see in Bollywood films are more or less the same as their real selves, that there is much less acting in the Western sense. You know, like Dustin Hoffmann, who spends months in advance learning to be the role he’s going to play. In Bollywood, I felt, things are simpler: when you see Sharukh Khan on the screen, it’s a fair assumption that that’s how he is in his office or with Gauri and the boys. But amazingly, this preparation is something Rani has done for Black, according to Sanjay Leela Bhansali (link): “I’ve read all I could about her[Helen Keller] and her life. That has been my inspiration. I realised that in comparison to hers, my hardships and sorrows are negligible. […] Rani (Mukherji) has been living the role for the past six months.”




I have also watched Chalte Chalte again: there is nothing sensational in that good little film. It’s a nice entertainer. (One must quickly skip the narrative frame of the “friends who are telling Raj and Priya‘s story, though) But as soon as she’s there, walking, dancing, fussing with Shahrukh, there’s a freshness, a charm, a femininity…As
Debbie (dmul53) says on Imdb (and she prefers SRK!)
:
Rani Mukerjee, in my opinion one of India's best actresses, is stunning, both in appearance and in her acting. She exudes a warmth, a naturalness and a realness that makes you want to be her best friend, or her lover. With her exotic amber eyes and husky voice she is spellbinding in all her scenes, an intriguing mixture of sexy sophistication and little girl charm rolled into one."



There, that’s exactly how I feel!  I wouldn’t have said that “little girl” thing, though, because I feel she’s totally a woman, totally feminine, and not a child any more. Not that she has lost anything in relinquishing any childishness she might have had, but her warmth and charm is above all lover-like and mother-like. I hope I’m not putting anyone off by suggesting her motherhood. Let’s hope it materializes with Aditya Chopra…(although I hear she’s not marrying) But if you’ve seen her with children, you know it’s evidently part of her.







Well, that’s it for now. I’ve had my little Rani moment. Feeling better!

Er, BTW, I found this picture: wouldn't you say this is what she'll look like in fifteen years? (just kidding!)

Rédigé par yves

Publié dans #Bollywood Talk

Commenter cet article

Gabbi 02/07/2008 22:45

Rani! She is my favorite actress because I feel like she's the most approachable. I think if I ever saw Rani walking the streets of NY, I could ask her for her autograph comfortably.
Debbie is completely right! She seems like a level-headed, sweet girl who happens to be devestatingly gorgeous.

yves 07/07/2008 15:02


What a nice comment! Thank you very much. I don't know what I w'd do if I met Rani in the street!!! I think I'd be too embarassed with my own bewilderment! But you're right, perhaps I'd remeber
she's approachable and real. What I'd like is to be part of an evening one day where she was taking part, and I could listen to her, watch her and see her react to everything. It will happen in
Heaven, one day, no doubt!


memsaab 08/04/2008 19:00

I loved her with Ajay Devgan in my favorite Hindi movie EVER, Chori Chori (2003).

yves 10/04/2008 19:24


Hi Memsaab,
Strange that you should like that film so much: it isn't at all a film I liked! What's good about  this discovery is that it shows that people can have different tastes, and that is good
news for film-makers!
cheers,
yves


DG 07/04/2008 01:10

I love Rani, I think she is a wonderful actress, and memsaab has pinpointed what I love most about her - her chameleon-like quality - she can tone it down or raise the tone as each role requires. She can be the girl-next-door or an out-and-out stunner, and that versatility is what I think sets her apart. I also agree with you that there is something very warm and 'real' and nurturing about her smile... and I absolutely adore her voice, definitely one of my favourite voices in Bollywood.

yves 07/04/2008 23:54


Thanks DG for your appreciation about Rani - let's hope there are more of her great movies in the making! Here is my list of greatest Rani films: Veer-Zaara, Black, Paheli, Chalte Chalte,
Yuva.
In Hey Ram, she's also stunning, but it's a pity she has such a small role. Then there are films like Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Saathiya, and KKHH. I haven't seen them all: have you seen others that you would recommend?
cheers


memsaab 05/04/2008 19:53

I love her. I think she can blend in anywhere, or she can outshine anyone---whatever is necessary. She makes a great "pair" with just about anyone! And, I would rather look like her than Aishwarya any day. She's stunning.

yves 08/04/2008 00:03


Yes memsaab, I agree.
Here is my list of the pairs she has done, and that I prefer:
- Rani with SRK (esp Veer-Zaara and Chalte Chalte),
- Rani with Saif (Hum tum, not Ta ra pum pum),
- Rani with Abishek (esp Yuva and KANK)
What would you say?

About the beauty contest with Aishwarya Rai: I think Rani's is beauty is more natural, more charming, but my mirror on the wall tells me that Aish is still more beautiful! (I am
tempted to say: alas! - no it's true, Aish is really quite an exceptional individual, her beauty has overshadowed her worth)