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FAISAL M. NAIM
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CHAT Rani Mukerji on playing the acid-tongued journalist in “No One Killed Jessica”'

A spirited star Rani Mukerji
A spirited star Rani Mukerji

C elebrity-hood is often servile to affectation, amour-propre and vanity. But it is not the case with Rani Mukerji. The Bollywood star, despite her success , is cheerful and humble.

“Success is temporary, what's ever-lasting is how you behave in times when you don't feel the need to remember God. The impressionyou leave on others and the perceptions and opinions people make about you thereof is what matters the most,” says Rani , who was in the Capital to promote the recently released No One Killed Jessica.

According to Rani, the movie is based on a subject of historical importance. “The murder of Jessica Lal (on which the movie is based) is a tragic and symbolic incident in Indian history. The case changed the whole scenario of law and order in India; changed the way justice was meted out.”The actress plays a news reporter Meera Gaiety in the film, “The role of Meera had bravery, determination and spunk. The role demanded me to be straight forward and natural. I found it interesting and tried my best to be honest to the role,” she says. Brushing aside the controversy around the use of vulgar language and abuses in the film, Rani says it was the need of situation , “The intensity of certain situations in the film demanded outbursts of frustration and anger. It is just how one reacts to such situations momentarily in real life; situations where there is no time to think or behave accordingly.”

But was the language and behaviour of her character meant to portray the general attitude of journalists? Rani is quick to deny it, “My character doesn't generalise the behaviour of the journalistic fraternity. No digs are intended at any profession. Rather, it is the portrayal of the emotion of one girl who is a journalist. The other journalists in the movie have not used foul language even on a single occasion. It is not about proving a point, but simply to provide a real atmosphere.”

On the other hand, Rani says the film is a tribute to journalists . “The film is an effort to highlight and appreciate the hard-work of journalists, especially women journalists. It (journalism) is a very difficult job. How journalists put their lives at risk to bring out the truth to the masses is worthy of praise”.

FAISAL M. NAIM

The intensity of certain situations in the film demanded outbursts of frustration and anger. It is just how one reacts to such situations momentarily in real life

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