Rani claimed that her character was based on her mother.
Rani Mukerji claims that for her next movie Mrs. Chatterjee Vs. Norway, she drew inspiration from her mother. The film, which was directed by Ashima Chibber of Mere Dad Ki Maruti fame, tells the tale of a mother’s journey in her struggle against an entire nation. The movie is based on a real-life incident involving the NRI couple Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya, which shocked the world of children’s rights and human rights.
Despite not having met Sagarika while the movie was being made, Rani claimed that her version of the character was based on her mother, Krishna Mukherjee. “As an actor, I wanted to being my interpretation to the character. I didn’t want too much of baggage and have people find similarities between my role and the real person.”
Rani said “Ashima had many tapes recorded of Sagarika, and I saw those for some references, but the rest of the character is actually based on my mum. She’s the most Bengali person I know… Be it feeding us with her hands, putting a tikka on us… I drew strength and inspiration from my mother,”.
Nikkhil Advani, an actor and producer, was speaking with director Karan Johar. Rani claimed that Nikkhil didn’t give her the opportunity to “no” his one-line script before approaching him. “I told Nikkhil that he won’t be able to deal with my tantrums. But Nikkhil agreed to all my conditions and didn’t give me any chance to say ‘no’ to the film,” Added she.
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The 44-year-old actor praised her director Ashima, saying the latter was enthusiastic about the subject and had done thorough study. “When I spoke to Ashima, I realised that she was very passionate about the story because she had spoken to Sagarika and she was very involved with the subject. That love translates into the film.”
Produced by Emmay Entertainment and Zee Studios’ Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, and Nikkhil Advani is Mrs. Chatterjee Vs. Norway.
For Nikkhil, it was critical to emphasise the experiences of Indians who were based abroad. The filmmaker is behind the 2016 film Airlift, which is based on the exodus of Indians stationed in Kuwait during Saddam Hussein’s Iraq’s invasion of that country. “There are so many stories like this that are hard to believe. Even when I made Airlift, I found it very hard to believe that 170,000 Indians were left stranded there. Here, too, it’s such an unbelievable story. Many such unknown stories happen with Indians abroad, and they need to be highlighted,” said.
Aditya Chopra, the head of Yash Raj Films, was “shocked and moved” after witnessing the movie, Rani recalled.” Adi was shocked after seeing the film. He was deeply moved and I don’t think I have seen him so moved in any film. Last time, he was so moved, is when Yash uncle passed away”
“He is a parent today, so it hit him. He was very sweet and gave me a side hug as if I am his child. He said, ‘Well done,’ and I said, ‘Thank you.’ It was a moment because Adi praises me behind my back. I think he could not stop himself and he was moved by the film,” She spoke. The movie Mrs. Chatterjee vs. Norway will debut in theatres on March 17.
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