It was an affair to remember. “Fifty thousand people on the beach watching Chalte Chalte with me, then asking me questions about the songs and dances, the idiom and language of expression…I don’t think I’ll forget my experience in Casablanca.”
Rani Mukherjee sneaked into the scenic sea city on 21 July for a retrospective, at the Casablanca Film Festival of four of her best films, namely Veer-Zaara, Chalte Chalte, Saathiya and Black with Arabic subtitles.
Apparently, the directorate felt Rani represented the face of the new Bollywood more than any other actress.
“At first it felt strange. Why me? I was surprised and baffled. But then the honour began to sink in and I felt good. ‘Yeah Rani, you’ve done something to deserve this,’ I told myself. It was a very good morale booster.”
Taking time off from her busy schedule Rani flew off to Morroco. “It was an experience I’ll never forget…not only because it was my first retrospective at any festival, but also because of the interaction that I had to undergo with the audience after my film was screened. A lot of them were cinema students and their curiosity about our films and culture and their insightful questions made me very proud to represent our country and cinema.”