Making her acting debut with Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat (1997), Rani Mukerji had her first commercial success with Karan Johar’s romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), her biggest commercial success so far, and won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in the film. She later starred in several films, most of which fared below expectations, but in 2002 she re-invented her image with the critically acclaimed drama Saathiya, for which she received numerous awards and nominations.
In 2004, her performances in the hit Hum Tum and the critically acclaimed Yuva earned her the Best Actress and the Best Supporting Actress awards at the Filmfare ceremony, making her the first actress to win two major awards in the same year. She later received unanimous praise for her portrayal of a blind, deaf and mute woman in Black (2005), for which she garnered numerous major awards. Mukerji has since established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema.
Rani first faced the cameras when she was fourteen years old in a brief appearance in her father?s Bengali film Biyer Phool in 1992.
Her first full-fledged Bollywood film was Salim Akhtar’s Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat in 1996.
But the film did not do well. Rani returned back to Bollywood in 1998 with two hits Ghulam with Aamir Khan and as Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai opposite Shah Rukh Khan and cousin Kajol. She won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her role as Tina. After the initial success, the films that released in the following two years were average performers. Her film with Kamal Haasan Hey Ram, was India’s entry to the Oscars. Badal did well on the commercial front and her performance in Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega was nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.
In 2001, she starred in films like Chori Chori Chupke Chupke with Salman Khan and Preity Zinta which dealt with surrogate motherhood. She also appeared in a cameo in friend Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. The year 2002 saw a reverse in her fortunes with hits like Mujhse Dosti Karoge and Saathiya. Her role as Dr.Suhani Sharma in the latter won her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. Of the films released in 2003, her performance in Chalte Chalte received a nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award.
All three films that starred Rani in 2004, did a good job at the box office. Her convincing portrayal of Sashi Biswas in Yuva won her another Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role in Hum Tum with Saif Ali Khan which was based on When Harry Met Sally. Her role in Veer Zara as a Pakistani lawyer was nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.
2005 was again a big year for Rani as her releases like the critically acclaimed Black, the comedy Bunty Aur Babli, Paheli and The Rising hit the screens. Paheli with Shah Rukh Khan was India?s entry to the Oscars. She was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actress Award for two of her roles the deaf-blind Michelle in Black and the notorious Vimmi alias Babli in Bunty Aur Babli. She finally won it for Black along with the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance.
In 2006, she appeared in the multi-starrer Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna which revolved around extra-marital affairs. The film was a hit overseas. In 2007, she had some moderate hits like Saawariya and Laga Chunari Mein Daag. Her only release in 2008, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic failed to do well.
In 2009, Rani is playing the lead in Anurag Singh?s Next. She is also lending her voice to Koochie Koochie Hota Hai, an animated version of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, a love triangle between three dogs.
Movies Done By Rani Mukherjee
- 1996 Biyer Phool Mili Chatterjee Bengali film
- 1996 Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat Mala
- 1998 Ghulam Alisha
- 1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Tina Malhotra Filmfare Award for Best Supportng Actress
- 1998 Mehndi Pooja
- 1999 Mann Unknown Special appearance in song “Kaali Naagin Ke Jaisi”
- 1999 Hello Brother Rani
- 2000 Badal Rani
- 2000 Hey Ram Aparna Ram Bilingual film in Tamil and Hindi
- 2000 Hadh Kar Di Aapne Anjali hanna
- 2000 Bichhoo Kiran Bali
- 2000 Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega Pooja Oberoi Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
- 2000 Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye Priya Sharma
- 2001 Chori Chori Chupke Chupke Priya Malhotra
- 2001 Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai Pooja Shrivastav
- 2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Manjari
- 2001 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… Naina Kapoor Special Appearance
- 2002 Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai Payal Khurana
- 2002 Mujhse Dosti Karoge! Pooja Sahani
- 2002 Saathiya Dr. Suhani Sharma Sehgal Filmfare Critics Award for Best ActressNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
- 2002 Chalo Ishq Ladaaye Sapna
- 2003 Chalte Chalte Priya Chopra Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
- 2003 Chori Chori Khushi Malhotra
- 2003 Calcutta Mail Bulbul/Reema
- 2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Unknown Special appearance in song “Mahi Ve”
- 2003 LOC Kargil Hema
- 2004 Yuva Shashi Biswas Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
- 2004 Hum Tum Rhea Prakash Filmfare Award for Best Actress
- 2004 Veer-Zaara Saamiya Siddiqui Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
- 2005 Black Michelle McNally Filmfare Award for Best Actress Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
- 2005 Bunty Aur Babli Vimmi “Babli” Saluja Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best actress
- 2005 Paheli Lachchi Bhanwarlal
- 2005 Mangal Pandey: The Rising Heera
- 2006 Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Maya Talwar Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
- 2006 Baabul Malvika “Milli” Talwar Kapoor
- 2007 Ta Ra Rum Pum Radhika “Shona” Shekhar Rai Banerjee
- 2007 Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Vibhavari “Badki” Sahay/Natasha Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
- 2007 Saawariya Gulab Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
- 2007 Om Shanti Om Herself Special appearance in song “Deewangi Deewangi”
- 2008 Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic Geeta
- 2008 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Unknown Special appearance in song “Phir Milenge Chalte Chalt”
- 2009 Luck by Chance Herself Cameo appearance
- 2009 Dil Bole Hadippa! Veera Kaur/Veer Pratap Singh
- 2011 No One Killed Jessica Meera Gaity Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
- 2012 Aiyyaa Meenakshi Deshpande
- 2012 Talaash: The Answer Lies Within Roshni Shekhawat Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
- 2013 Bombay Talkies Gayatri In the segment Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh
- 2014 Mardaani Shivani Shivaji Roy Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
- 2018 Hichki Naina Mathur Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
- 2018 Zero Herself Special appearance
- 2019 Mardaani 2 Shivani Shivaji Roy Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
- 2020 Bunty Aur Babli 2 Films that have not yet been released Babli Filming
Television Done By Rani Mukherjee
- 2009 Dance Premier League Judge 24 episodes
- 2011 C.I.D. Meera Gaity “Abhijeet Ke Ateet Ka Raaz”
Awards Received By Rani Mukherjee
- 2004: Rajiv Gandhi Award for her contribution to the entertainment industry.
- 2005: Mukerji was the only actor to be invited by the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the official banquet in honour of visiting Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf.
- 2005: Mukerji was the guest of honour at the state dinner, in honour of the Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
- 2009: Mukerji was among the ten recipients of IIFA-FICCI Frames’ award for Most Powerful Entertainers of the Decade.
- 2009: GQ Excellence Award for Achievement in Films.
- 2011: Kelvinator Gr8 Women Achievers Award Actor of the Decade.
- 2011: India Leadership Conclave’s Indian Affairs’s Business Leadership Award Actress of the Decade.
- 2011: Young Women Achievers Award Excellence in Cinema.
- 2012: PETA India acknowledged Mukerji with a Hero to Animals Award for her compassionate work for animals.
- 2013: Mukerji was honored by the US Council on the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration into office for Contribution to Indian Cinema.
- 2013: Honored at the 3rd Petrochem GR8! Women Awards in Dubai for Most Successful Actress.
- 2013: Commemorated with Excellence in Acting at GQ India’s Men of the Year Awards.
- 2013: Honored at the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival with Panch Kanya Award.
- 2015: Felicitated at a charity dinner hosted by The British Asian Trust in London for her Contribution to the fight against human trafficking.
- 2015: Felicitated by Mumbai University for her Contribution to Indian Cinema.
- 2015: Felicitated by National Institute of Gender Justice for her Contribution towards Gender Sensitization.
- 2017: Recognized and honored by the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth, for her Outstanding Contribution to Cinema.
- 2018: Felicitated at the NBT Utsav Awards for her immense contribution in promotion of Indian language, culture and art through her perseverance, performance and love for the craft
- 2018: Hoists Indian National Flag at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM)
- 2018: Honored at Lead the Change Pride Awards for her life changing portrayal of an aspiring teacher having Tourette Syndrome in Hichki by WCRC and KVG Media
- 2018: Honored at the Forbes India Tycoons of Tomorrow with Icon Of Cinema for her exemplary contribution in the field of cinema and entertainment
- 2018: Awarded the Sakhi Sanman for her contribution to cinema at the Lokmat Woman’s Summit
- 2019: Awarded with Most Powerful Performer of the Year 2018 for Hichki at Maharashtra Achievers Awards
- 2019: Honoured with the Most Influential Cinema Personality in South-East Asia at Asian Business Leaders Conclave