Rani Mukerji ([r?:ni? m?kh?rd?i?]; born 21 March 1978) is an Indian film actress.
One of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the 2000s, she has received several awards, including seven Filmfare Awards.
Her roles have been cited in the media as a significant departure from previous screen portrayals of Indian women.
Although Mukerji was born into the Mukherjee-Samarth family, in which her parents and relatives were members of the Indian film industry, she did not aspire to pursue a career in film.
However, while still a teenager she dabbled with acting by playing a supporting role in her father's Bengali language film Biyer Phool (1996) and accepted a leading role in the 1996 social drama Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat on the insistence of her mother.
She then began a full-time career in films and the 1998 action drama Ghulam was her first commercial success.
She gained wider recognition for a supporting role in the romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998).
The year 2002 marked a turning point for Mukerji when she was cast by Yash Raj Films as the star of the drama Saathiya.
By 2004, Mukerji had established herself as a leading actress of Bollywood with roles in the romantic comedy Hum Tum and the dramas Yuva and Veer-Zaara.
She achieved further success for portraying a deaf, blind and mute woman in the acclaimed drama Black (2005), a con woman in Bunty Aur Babli (2005) and an unhappily married woman in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006).
Mukerji then collaborated with Yash Raj Films on several unsuccessful films which led critics to bemoan her choice of roles.
The semi-biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica (2011), in which she played a headstrong journalist, proved to be her first box office hit in four years.
She followed it by starring in the successful thrillers Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012) and Mardaani (2014), and the comedy-drama Hichki (2018).
The latter emerged as her highest-grossing release.
In addition to acting in films, Mukerji is involved with several humanitarian causes and is vocal about issues faced by women and children.
She has participated in concert tours and stage shows, and featured as a talent judge for the 2009 reality show Dance Premier League.
Reticent to discuss her personal life in public, Mukerji is married to filmmaker Aditya Chopra, with whom she has a daughter.