In 2001, Rani Mukherji had three disappointing releases: her first film was ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’, along with Preity Zinta and Salman Khan. Based on surrogacy the, film did well commercially. But, Rani’s role was said to be fairly miniscule compared to Preity’s, which was meatier.
She then starred in Goldie Behl’s ‘Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai’ opposite Abhishek Bachchan and ‘Nayak: The Real Hero’ along with Anil Kapoor, Amrish Puri and Paresh Rawal. However, both films failed to get her much acclaim.