The 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa featured a captivating In-Conversation session with Hindi film actress Rani Mukerji, exploring the theme of 'Delivering Compelling Performances.' Moderated by Baradwaj Rangan, Editor-in-Chief of Galatta Plus and a National Award-winning Film Critic, the discussion delved into Mukerji's life and illustrious career.
Reflecting on her cinematic journey, Rani Mukerji expressed her commitment to portraying strong Indian women characters, emphasizing the role of films as windows into Indian culture on the global stage. She highlighted the importance of standing by strong films and roles, even if they don't receive immediate audience approval.
Mukerji also emphasized the significance of versatility for actors, allowing them to portray different facets of life and diverse characters, inspiring both the audience and the actor. Discussing character portrayal intricacies, she emphasized the importance of understanding the emotions behind a scene to connect with the audience.
Addressing ageism in the film industry, Mukerji suggested that actors should acknowledge their age and accept roles suitable for their age, with the audience playing a vital role in breaking age-related barriers. Reflecting on her career, she expressed contentment and revealed that the character in the film 'Black' is closest to her heart, transforming her and aiding personal growth.
From iconic roles like 'Tina Malhotra' in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to 'Michelle McNally' in Black, Rani Mukerji shared insights into her cinematic journey, citing the character in 'Black' as particularly inspiring and challenging, ultimately helping her become a better human being.