A quiet, reserved girl from Kolkata, Rani is a revelation when she steps in front of the camera.
All that reticence just drops away and she wholly embraces her characters - be it the London-bred India from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the blind-deaf-mute from Black, the bubbly small town girl from Bunty Aur Babli or the fiery journalist from No One Killed Jessica.
But it's not just her talent that we doff our hats to, it's the person she is.
Rani's maintained her dignity in the face of rumours and scandals. She's braved the storm when people wrote her off as too old for Bollywood. She made a comeback of sorts with Aiyyaa, a role that no other heroine would have touched. And she showed us what she's made of - yet again - with her subdued yet powerful role in Talaash.
And now with reports of her getting hitched to Aditya Chopra growing stronger than ever, we wish Rani all the best.