The beautiful Rani Mukerji celebrates her birthday today. As the world gears up for yet another return of the actress on the big screen with the forthcoming ‘Mardaani’, her impact on Indian cinema in the years that have passed cannot no unmentioned. Her versatility is, in some ways, unmatchable and her beauty on screen is often missed. She has played such a range of characters in her career and pulled them all off. However, she has not been recognised so much for her dancing skills. BizAsia��is looking back at the best of the actress’s dance songs.
In the title track of ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ (2009), Mukerji was seen at her glamorous and dancing best and that too alongside one of the industry’s best dancers, Shahid Kapoor. In the song, the two compliment each other as they wave and move through the dance moves in what looks like much ease.
In 2005’s ‘Bunty Aur Babli’, Mukerji is opposite Abhishek Bachchan who is arguably one of her best co-stars on-screen. In the song Nach Baliye, they are seen performing on stage in various avatars and Mukerji’s fantastic moves are hard to ignore. Once again, she ups the glamour quotient for a character that is otherwise a little hit and miss.
‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge’ (2002) sees Mukerji with Hrithik Roshan for the first time. Kareena Kapoor Khan and Roshan’s jodi has always been much loved but in the film, Mukerji still stands out. In the medley, the trio do exceptionally to show real emotions with known songs. Mukerji’s elegant but modern style is a complete winner.
In 2005, Mukerji paired up with Aamir Khan once again in ‘Mangal Pandey- The Rising’. The actress performed to a mujra, Tumhaari Adao Pe Mein Vaari Vaari��and she was definitely the epitome of grace. The song was a hit and so was Mukerji in this avatar.
‘Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega’ (2000) saw Mukerji on screen with Preity Zinta for the first time in a tale of love and friendship. The two have a joint song, Piya Piya, which was very popular at the time it released. They are seen depicting their friendship in the song and ironically as if they’re singing about the same love. When they truly both fall for the same guy (Salman Khan), that’s when the story gets interesting. Mukerji’s style is, of course, differently to Zinta’s but they looked great together on-screen and managed not to overshadow each other even a little.
In our special mentions, there are many songs that could have been included because Mukerji’s career has been such. However, the ones that stood out for us but didn’t quite make the cut were Number 1 Punjabi from ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’ (2001) and Ab To Forever from ‘Ta Ra Rum Pum’ (2007). Also both were in different eras, the first shows Mukerji’s fabulous energy opposite Salman Khan in an out-and-out Punjabi wedding song and the latter is more of a love song which sees her as a freshly-in-love lady making a promise to her love played by Saif Ali Khan.
BizAsia wish Rani Mukerji a very happy birthday.