‘I used to be in awe of Aamir’

Aiyyaa might have bombed at the box office, but avid cinegoers can't stop raving about Rani Mukerji's performance in it, or the unabashed oomph display in the film. Junta's praises, and not the overflowing box-office coffers, she insists, give her the confidence to surpass her achievements as an actor. In a candid interview with Screen, Rani unspools a gamut of highs in more than a decade-long career, and the excitement of having worked in the much-talked about Talaash, a suspense drama with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor :

Let's start with your recent film. How would you sum up the talaash in it?

n Since Talaash is a suspense drama and a thriller, I'd rather not talk about the plot or the story. If I discuss even a little of the plot, I'll be giving away too much of it. But the film has aptly been titled Talaash as every character in the film is in search of something.

Is there any particular scene that you found challenging while shooting for Talaash?

n All scenes in the film were very interesting to shoot. The reason for that lies in its characters — each one leaves you thinking about them or the things they do or say. And my scenes in the film are all very, very beautiful (smiling).

You were paired opposite Aamir Khan after a real long time. What was the reunion like?

n It was fun! Aamir being my friend, the experience is really great. I get to learn a lot from him. And through the years, he has just grown strength to strength — from being one of India's finest actors to being one of its biggest star too. The kind of respect he has garnered from the audiences, critics and colleagues is commendable. When you go to see a Aamir Khan film, you don't get disappointed. There is always something (in his films ) that is worth your while. Few people in the industry can command that kind of love and respect he enjoys. And for me, it's really special working with him. Having said that, working with him today is totally different to the time I started out in my career. I used to be in awe of him then, but he's a close friend now.

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