Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji thinks one should stop categorising films as male and female centric. “I think this term woman-centric is a bit strange because we don’t call normal films male-centric. I think we should stop calling a film as male or female centric, it should be a good or a bad film,” Rani told reporters at the promotional event of her upcoming film ‘Mardaani’.
Romantic films are by default woman centric as a love story is incomplete without a heroine, she thinks.
“Love stories are women centric as you cannot have a love story without the female protagonist. Sometimes it is female protagonist who has a better role than the hero,” she said.
“Films made by legendary filmmakers like Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali have strong female protagonists, but you don’t call it women centric film. If you see a female doing a title role and the film does not have a strong A-list actor then the mindset is it is a women centric film.
“The story has to be A list. Content should be the king… it doesn’t matter who is there in the film….When content is good then a film with newcomers also does well.”
‘Mardaani’ shows Rani in a never-before-seen avatar as she does some hardcore action and chases the bad guys.
“I learned Israeli self-defence martial art form for girls. We have shown realistic action in the film rather than showing people flying here and there. People always wonder how a woman will do action. There is a prejudice like when a man fights so it is mind blowing but when a woman fights then they find it weak,” Rani added.
The film is centred around human trafficking. “If the film touches women in the right way then our job is done, then I would feel it was worth for me to be part of it,” Rani said.
This film would be Rani’s first release post her marriage with director-producer Aditya Chopra.