Desi-Box got the chance to speak to India’s Bollywood beauty queen Rani Mukerji. The Yash Raj heroine who has been gracing the silver screen for more than 15 years, spoke about her forthcoming suspense thriller Talaash. Directed by Reema Kagti, the film is a welcome return of megastar Aamir Khan and the newly married Kareena Kapoor.
Check out what the Bunty Aur Babli star had to say about preparing for her role in Talaash, working with Aamir Khan and Reema Kagti and why her fans mean so much to her.
DB: Can you tell us more about your character in the film Talaash?
RM: For Talaash in particular I’m not divulging too much about the character or the film as it is a suspense drama. I think its better for the audiences to really discover what the film is about when it releases in the cinema on 30th November.
DB: Reema Kagti said your approach to preparing for your role is similar to that of Aamir Khan’s. How did you prepare for your role?
RM: I think for me my process as an actor is very different. For me its very important to know a lot of things about my character so I can play it differently. With this film I did the same. As the characters can really be different if you really know the characters background. I wanted to know from Reema details about the character that were not even part of the film. That was my basic preparation for the role.
DB: Did you find any of your scenes challenging or emotionally draining?
RM: All scenes that are pertaining to me are quite different and challenging. The way I approach every film of mine is that I like to be a comedienne on set and then just focus when my shot is on. That’s how I approached Talaash as well.
DB: Reema revealed that you took some time to agree to Talaash and wanted convincing. What was the reason?
RM: (Laughs) Actually Reema has wanted me to do a film with her for the last ten years. For her It’s like a miracle that I said yes to the film! I told Reema that it has to be that one film that is meant to be. I definitely think Talaash is the film that was meant to be between me and Reema. I believe there will be many more films with her as she is absolutely wonderful director who is very special
DB: What was it like working with Aamir after such a long time?
RM: Its always interesting as I started my career literally with him. Nothing has changed since then but he has become a global star. He was a huge star then and a much bigger star now.
DB: Is it true that you had to learn how to swim for your role?
RM: Yes I did! Reema obviously didn’t want to see me drown while I shoot her film. (Laughs) She couldn’t be burdened by the fact that I could have drowned whilst filming as that would be chaotic for so her. I just learnt the basics so I didn’t drown!
DB: What is your favourite song from the film?
RM: Jee Lee Zara is my favourite. It’s the song that depicts mine and Amir’s characters in the film. It’s about hope and never to giving up in life. I think it’s a really cool song and works well within the film.
DB: Did you design and choose your own clothes for Talaash?
MJ: That was not the case as we had great designers. It’s just that with each film of mine because I really study my characters and think of the character in a certain way, I always give some suggestions to make it better. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the costume designers did a great job.
DB: You’ve taken up some very challenging and different roles in your career. But the recent offbeat film Aiyyaa did not work so well at the Indian box office. Why do you think that was the case?
RM: Yes it didn’t work for Indian audiences from reactions that I have found. I think it was the fact that the basic story didn’t work on the concept level for audiences. In that a girl can fall in love with a guy because of his smell.
DB: With all the roles you have played in your films and your time in the Bollywood industry how do you think you have developed as an actor?
RM: The way I see it, is that as an actor I have evolved a lot because obviously with the kind of work I have been doing with my co-stars and the different directors I have worked with I have learnt something from each of them along the way. That has been an enriching experience as an actor. I would like to say because of working with everyone and their contribution has helped make up for the actor that I am today.
DB: Are there any other forthcoming projects that we can look forward to?
RM: Right now I have not signed any, but once I do I will get stuck right in.
DB: Would you like to produce or direct a film sometime in the future?
RM: I actually don’t have any interest in working behind the scenes at the moment.
DB: Have you got any messages for your UK fans?
RM: I hope everyone goes and sees Talaash when it releases. Please continue to give me your love and support. It’s the love that keeps me going strong as an actor. I would really like to tell my fans that all the love and support that they given me is what works for me. Because as an actor it actually excites and encourages me to take up more challenging roles.
Talaash: The Answer Lies Within releases in cinemas nationwide on Friday 30th November 2012