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Happy Birthday Rani Mukherji: Bengali beauty’s top 10 roles

Here's a look at actress Rani Mukherji's top ten performances through the years.

One of Bollywood’s most loved actresses Rani Mukherji turns 36 today. As we wish her a very Happy Birthday, we go back in time and remember some of her best performances till date.

Seen here, actresses Sridevi, Rani Mukherjee and Lata Mangeshkar during Screen Videocon Awards 2000 function. (Express archive photo)

Ghulam (1998): Vikram Bhatt’s ‘Ghulam’ is the film that earned Rani Mukherji widespread popularity and recognition. Also starring Aamir Khan, the film was a huge commercial success and boasted of strong performances from both its leads. The song’ Aati Kya Khandala’ became a huge hit and ‘Ghulam’ received a Filmfare nomination for Best Film.

Saathiya (2002): Rani Mukherji played the role of Suhani Sharma in Shaad Ali’s ‘Saathiya’ opposite Vivek Oberoi. The film, which was a remake of Tamil film Alaipayuthey, told the tale of how a couple passionately in love with each other elope from home to be together. ‘Saathiya’ was a turning point in her career and earned Rani the Filmfare Best Actress (Critics Choice) and a Filmfare Best Actress nomination.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998): Rani is well remembered for her role as the sizzling hot Tina in Karan Johar’s blockbuster ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ along with Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. Her performance as the sweet, sexy and sophisticated principal’s daughter who falls in love with the popular guy in college earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Hum Tum (2004): Rani’s role in romantic comedy ‘Hum Tum’ won hearts all over. She played the vivacious and fun-loving Rhea opposite Saif Ali Khan. She also portrayed a mature distinc side of herself in the film when she essayed the role of a widow. Her crackling chemistry with Saif made the film a huge hit. Rani won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress that year.

Bunty Aur Babli (2004): Another big hit was ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ which was somewhat Bollywood’s take on ‘Bonnie and Clyde’. Paired opposite Abhishek Bachchan, Rani essayed the role of a conwoman, Vimmi ‘Babli Saluja. ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ became one of the biggest successes that year and Rani’s character was even responsible for brigning the ‘patiala-style-suit’ into fashion.

Yuva (2004): Another iconic performance by Rani Mukherji featured in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Yuva’, where she played the role of a Bengali housewife while her husband was Abhishek Bachchan who was a goon in the film. Also starring Ajay Devgn, Esha Deol, Vivek Oberoi, Kareen Kapoor, Om Puri and Sonu Sood, ‘Yuva’ became a huge box office success. Rani walked away with the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress that year.

Black (2005): Rani Mukherji gave a stellar performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Black’, where she portrayed a deaf and blind girl, who later discovers life and light thanks to her teacher, played by Amitabh Bachchan. Both their performances garnered immense praise and acclaim. She received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and Best Actress (critic’s choice).

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006): Rani Mukherji played the part of Maya in Karan Johar’s musical romantic drama ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’ which told the tale of two unhappily married couples and dealt with infidelity. Also starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Abhishek Bachchan, ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’ opended to positive reviews and was a hit. It also received 10 Filmfare nominations that year.

Saawariya (2007): Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ‘Saawariya’ saw Rani play the role of a prostitute, Gulabji. Also starring, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor, ‘Saawariya’ tanked at the box office. However, Rani received much praise for her performance and received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress nomination.

No One Killed Jessica (2011): Based on the real-life murder of Jessica Lal, Rajkumar Gupta’s ‘No One Killed Jessica’ featured Rani in the role of a feisty, determined news reporter, Meera Gaity, who helps the victim’s sister played by Vidya Balan get justice. The film was well-received and earned Rani the Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actress.