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Women should learn self-defence, says Rani Mukerji
Debarati Palit Singh | Wednesday, 3 September 2014 AT 10:11 PM IST
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Rani Mukerji, fresh from the success of Mardaani, visited the Sakal Times office on Wednesday to speak on the subject of child trafficking, crimes against women and the overwhelming response the film has been getting from the audience

Impressed by Mardaani, a top police officer in Bihar has requested district chiefs to arrange shows of the film for all policemen, so that they can take inspiration from it and fight against child trafficking. However, elsewhere in an open letter, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has urged that the film shouldn’t be shown to police officers because the style of policing in the film promotes “violence”. To a question regarding the same, Rani hit back saying, “Have their daughters or women from their family faced a situation like this? They should understand what they are talking about first. These human rights activists or whoever they are should go and meet the girls who have been trafficked. Their innocence has been lost. Today, if the cops can get on to the criminals in trafficking cases, a lot can happen.”

Rani Mukerji is in a happy phase right now. Her film Mardaani, directed by Pradeep Sarkar, is not only making money at the box-office but has also touched a chord with the viewers. It’s not only the positive response that’s making the actress happy, but the emotion it’s been evoking in the minds of those who have watched it.

Dressed in a white churidar kurta with a beautiful blue dupata, Rani was in town to offer her prayers at the Dagdusheth temple. She later visited the Sakal Times office to talk about the film. Based on child trafficking, the film also stars Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jishu Sengupta, among others. People who have watched the film are mostly reacting to it positively. “I have met girls who have come out of the theatre and told me that they feel like bashing up anyone who’s ever passed a lewd remark or misbehaved with them. I think that’s the biggest victory. Even a few men, after watching the movie, have told me they cried in the end,” Rani said, sounding thrilled. “Everyone has connected with the film. It has graduated from being just a film to a kind of a movement. The audience is feeling the same emotion that I felt while working on and promoting the film,” she added.

The cause, she said, is very close to her heart and she is glad the film is bringing out an awakening about the issue of child trafficking in a society where many are simply ignorant about it. “For the last two weeks, I’ve been hearing from people who are shocked at the reality of trafficking. They are ignorant of the fact that India has the largest number of cases of trafficking. The statistics we’ve shown at the end of the movie are true,’” Rani shared.

She also feels strongly about injustices and crimes against women like dowry and female foeticide, the actress said. “It’s time for women to speak up, smell the coffee, face the facts, see the reality and live their life. Start learning self-defence and don’t run away because of fear. We, as future mothers, shouldn’t instill fear in our daughters,” she said.

The film, with its important social message, should be widely seen, Rani believes. The actress, in fact, is upset with the censor board’s decision to give the film ‘A’ certificate. She says that it’s unfortunate that here, film certification is either below 18 or above 18. There is no certification for the 12+ or 15+ audience. “In England and Canada, the film has been certified 12+. And sadly, the film, which has been made for our country and our children, can’t be watched by teenagers. I have met parents who’ve said, ‘Why has the film been given an ‘A’ certificate? There is nothing bad in the film. We would want our children to watch the film,” Rani said.

Her passion for the film and the subject it depicts came across with force. Does she see herself taking on a larger role in direction or production to support other such issue-based films? “I don’t see myself directing or producing films. But with the success of Mardaani, what has changed is that now I would like to do a film, once every two years, that gives out a strong message and goes beyond just being entertaining,” she said.
 
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Dhananjay Phadtale - Thursday, 4 September 2014 AT 11:31 AM IST
RANI....THE BEST....THE QUEEN....!! Splendid performance in MARDAANI......The real Rani is Mardaani....on screen and off screen too.....Great Rani.....!! Salute to such a versatile and topnotch actress who is more importantly a very nice human being....!! Great friend, daughter, sister, and above all the STAR WHO HAS ALWAYS shown gratitude towards fans and families...!! True Indian Spirit.....with a strong personality....!! HATS OFF RANI....!! :-)
 
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Dhananjay Phadtale - Thursday, 4 September 2014 AT 11:07 AM IST
RANI....THE BEST....THE QUEEN....!! Splendid performance in MARDAANI......The real Rani is Mardaani....on screen and off screen too.....Great Rani.....!! Salute to such a versatile and topnotch actress who is more importantly a very nice human being....!! Great friend, daughter, sister, and above all the STAR WHO HAS ALWAYS shown gratitude towards fans and families...!! True Indian Spirit.....with a strong personality....!! HATS OFF RANI....!! :-)
 
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