'‘Talaash' is unlike other action films’
Masala.com chatted with Rani Mukherji when she was in the UAE to launch Radio Mirchi
As you tune into Radio Mirchi (97.3FM in Abu Dhabi, 88.8FM in Dubai and the Northern Emirates and 95.6FM in Al Ain) you may hear foot-tapping music and a million voices bursting out, but one voice that ensured the radio station was welcomed to a raucous applause in the UAE was none other than Rani Mukherji’s. Dressed in a beautiful sari, Rani was present at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi along with Prakash Pandey, the CEO of Entertainment in India (ENIL, which owns Radio Mirchi), Sandeep Sud, the station’s programming head Sandeep Sud and Radio Mirchi’s partners Abu Dhabi Media group represented by CEO Malcolm Wall and director Abdul Rahman Awadh Al Harthi. Masala.com chatted up the ‘Talaash’ actress on movies, music and radio habits!
Did you listen to a lot of radio while growing up?
Not really. People may not know this but I was very studious as a kid. Books and friends took up most of my time. The only time I heard radio, being a Bengali, was during Durga Puja. My mother used to tune in to listen to prayers early in the morning.
If you were asked to manage a radio channel, what kind of programmes would you have on air?
I would ensure that programmes on music topped the list. Any kind of music is good since it soothes you, excites you and makes you want to dance. People listen to music on all occasions so I can’t think of anything better to beat that.
There are a lot of action movies this year in the pipeline from ‘Agent Vinod,’ ‘Dabangg 2,’ ‘Race 2,’ to ‘Tezz’. What makes your upcoming movie ‘Taalash’ with Aamir any different?
Well just because two movies have action scenes it doesn’t make them both similar! ‘Taalash’ has a different script altogether with psychological thrills.
You have another interesting movie coming up, ‘Aiyaa’ starring south Indian star Prithviraj. The movie has been in the news since you have dialogues in Marathi. How difficult was it to learn the language?
It wasn’t difficult at all. I was born and raised in Mumbai. I learnt Marathi in school for three year. Moreover, our household help used to talk to me in Marathi. Of course, it required time and effort to become fluent in the language. But this is what makes my role in ‘Aiyaa’ interesting and challenging!
Is there one fact about Rani Mukherji that her fans don’t know about?
I bake really good cakes!
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