Rani Mukerji had a critically acclaimed debut in the social drama film - Raja Ki Aayegi Baaraat (1997) and it looked like she is here to sustain. Following her remarkable performance in her debut, Rani delivered two back-to-back blockbusters in the next year - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Ghulam (1998).
Rani hails from a filmy background, her father Ram Mukherji was a renowned director and aunt Tanuja Mukerji was a well-known actress. In the rise of the Nepotism debate, Rani spoke about the same at a recent event held in Kolkata.
Speaking about her views on Nepotism, she expressed, "I wouldn't say I had a soft landing. In the film industry, you get where you get because of your talent and merit. We have to sweat in out and work in all kinds of environment and wait for the audience to accept you or not accept you".
She further said, "You may be the brother, sister or daughter of a popular actor or director, and still not be accepted. When I got into films, my dad wasn't a very successful producer or director. Nepotism debate is baseless. People have come from a non-filmi background and made it big in Bollywood".
While present at the event, Rani also revealed that how she never wanted to be an actor. She said, "I never wanted to be an actor. My mum wanted me to be an actor, I actually agreed with her wish. My father was very against my mum's wish. He was not very keen that I join films because he has been in the industry for so long. He thought that I wasn't too strong to go through the perils of cinema. I told my mum she should reconsider as I will make a fool of myself. But she wanted me to at least try. I did it and I realised that I wanted to do this. And then, there was no looking back".
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(Quotes: India Today)