Rani Mukerji has always proved that you can’t put a great talent down. Earlier this year, she made an appearance on screen after a long time with Hichki, a sweet drama where she played Naina Mathur, a passionate teacher dealing with Tourette Syndrome who changes the lives of the students she interacts with. It was a powerful performance that won her critical acclaim galore. Now, she has won the first award for it. At the recently concluded Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Rani was awarded the Best Actress of the year.
Hugely popular with sizeable Indian diaspora living in Melbourne, Rani expressed her gratitude saying, “The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has always welcomed the best of Indian cinema and celebrated our form of storytelling. I feel very proud and thankful that Hichki has been accepted and loved by audiences here. It’s a story with universal resonance, and its spirit of positivity has won over Indians and locals here. I am also grateful for winning the Best Actress Award and sincerely thank everyone for applauding my performance. I have found this film festival a vibrant and progressive setting for cinema and its impact beyond languages and cultures. I thoroughly enjoyed being in Melbourne and hope to travel with my films here in the near future.”
The theme of the IFFM 2018 festival was ‘Inclusion’. Rani Mukerji is the only mainstream actress who has successfully and sensitively embraced such subjects through her exceptional films Black and Hichki so Rani was also chosen unanimously to win the ‘Excellence in Cinema’ award at the ceremony.
IFFM had an eminent panel of jury (Andrew Anastasios, Jill Bilcock, Geoffrey Wright, Nikkhil Advani, Rajeev Masand, Simi Garewal, Sue Maslin) who unanimously decided upon Rani Mukerji’s win as the Best Actress.