When Rani Mukerji doubted her ability to achieve “heroine” status: I have a pale skin and am short

On one occasion, Rani Mukerji—who will turn 45 on March 21—expressed her doubt that she might succeed as an actor. She believed that her physical characteristics would be an obstacle.

Although though Rani Mukerji, who turns 45 on March 21, made her acting debut in 1996, it wasn’t until 1998 that she became a household name. She made her Hindi debut with Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, a Bengali film directed by her father Ram Mukherjee. She became one of the top female actors of the year in 1998 thanks to her work in the films Ghulam and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, especially when the latter earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. Rani, however, did not initially think she had the potential to succeed as a heroine like her role models Sridevi and Rekha.

Said she, “I spoke with a lot of the stalwarts I had the chance to work with as my career got started. Actors like Mr. Kamal Haasan, who was one among them, advised me that you should gauge your professional growth rather than your physical stature in order to determine how successful you are. So, in my early days of my Bollywood adventure, I sort of defied all those conventional rules that an actress was expected to follow.”

Ashima Chibber’s Mrs. Chatterjee Vs. Norway is Rani’s most recent movie. The actor portrays a mother in a foreign nation who must struggle for custody of her young children after the government takes them away in the drama, which was based on actual events.