|Real Name:||Rani Mukerji|
|Birthplace:||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
Rani Mukerji (born 21 March 1978) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. Noted for her versatility, she is the recipient of multiple accolades, including seven Filmfare Awards. Mukerji has been featured in listings of the highest-paid actresses of the 2000s.
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. As a teenager, she dabbled in acting by starring in her father Ram Mukherjee’s Bengali-language film Biyer Phool and in the social drama Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat (both 1996). Mukerji had her first commercial success with the action film Ghulam (1998) and breakthrough with the romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). Following a brief setback, the year 2002 marked a turning point for her when she was cast by Yash Raj Films as the star of the drama Saathiya.
Mukerji established herself by starring in several commercially successful romantic films, including Chalte Chalte (2003), Hum Tum (2004), Veer-Zaara (2004), and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), and the crime comedy Bunty Aur Babli (2005). She also gained praise for playing an abused wife in the political thriller Yuva (2004) and a deaf and blind woman in the drama Black (2005). Mukerji’s collaborations with Yash Raj Films from 2007 and 2010 produced several unsuccessful films and led critics to bemoan her choice of roles. This changed when she played a headstrong journalist in the thriller No One Killed Jessica (2011), and further success came for her starring roles in the thrillers Talaash (2012), Mardaani (2014) and its sequel Mardaani 2 (2019), and the comedy-drama Hichki (2018). The lattermost emerged as her highest-grossing release.
Mukerji is involved with humanitarian causes and is vocal about issues faced by women and children. She has participated in concert tours and stage shows and was featured as a talent judge for the 2009 reality show Dance Premier League. Mukerji is married to filmmaker Aditya Chopra, with whom she has a daughter.
Rani Mukerji Biography
|Born||21 March 1978
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Other names||Rani Mukherjee
|Alma mater||SNDT Women’s University|
Aditya Chopra (m. 2014)
|Relatives||See Mukherjee-Samarth family|
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Early life and work (Rani Mukerji Biography)
Mukerji was born in Mumbai (present-day Mumbai) on 21 March 1978. Her father, Ram Mukherjee (born to the Mukherjee-Samarth family), was a former film director and one of the founders of Filmalaya Studios. Her mother, Krishna Mukherjee, is a former playback singer. Her elder brother, Raja Mukherjee, is a film producer and director. Her maternal aunt, Debashree Roy, is a Bengali film actress, and her paternal cousin, Kajol, is a Hindi film actress and her contemporary. Another paternal cousin, Ayan Mukerji, is a scriptwriter and film director. Despite her parents and most of her relatives being members of the Indian film industry, Mukerji was uninterested in pursuing a career in film. She said, “There were already too many actresses at home and I wanted to be someone different”.
Mukerji received her education at Maneckji Cooper High School in Juhu and graduated with a degree in Home Science from SNDT Women’s University. She is a trained Odissi dancer and began learning the dance form while in the tenth grade. As part of an annual tradition, the Mukherjee family celebrates the festival of Durga Puja in the suburban neighborhood of Santacruz every year. Mukerji, a practicing Hindu, takes part in the festivities with her entire family.
In 1994, director Salim Khan approached Mukerji to play the lead female role in his directorial, Aa Gale Lag Jaa. Her father disapproved of a full-time career in film at such a young age, so she rejected the offer. At age 18, following her mother’s suggestion that she pursue acting on an experimental basis, Mukerji accepted leading roles in the social drama Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, Khan’s second offer to her, and her father’s Bengali film Biyer Phool, both of which were released on the same day in October 1996. Before she began work on Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, Mukerji trained at Roshan Taneja‘s acting institute. She portrayed a rape victim who is forced to marry her rapist in the film. Although the film was a commercial failure, Mukerji’s performance earned her a special recognition trophy at the annual Screen Awards ceremony. Following the film’s poor showing at the box office, Mukerji returned to college to complete her education. However, inspired by her cousin Kajol’s success in Hindi films, she decided to pursue a full-time career in films.
Career (Rani Mukerji Biography)
Breakthrough and initial struggle (1998–2001)
In 1998, Mukerji starred opposite Aamir Khan in Vikram Bhatt‘s action film Ghulam, her first commercial success. Though her role in the film was small, the song “Aati Kya Khandala” earned her public recognition. Due to Mukerji’s husky voice, Bhatt had someone with a higher-pitched voice dub her lines; Mukerji stated that it was done as her voice “did not suit the character”. In the same year, Karan Johar cast her opposite Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in his directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The role was originally written for Twinkle Khanna, but when she and several other leading ladies rejected it, Johar signed Mukerji on the insistence of Khan and the filmmaker Aditya Chopra. She played Khan’s character’s love interest and later wife, Tina who dies after giving birth to their daughter. Johar had originally intended to dub Mukerji’s voice, but she improved her diction and eventually provided her own voice. Reviewing the film for India Today, Nandita Chowdhury wrote that it was “the gorgeous Rani who steals the show. Oozing oomph from every pore, she also proves herself an actress whose time has come”. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai proved a breakthrough for Mukerji; it had earnings of over ₹1.03 billion (US$13 million) to emerge as the year’s top-grossing Hindi film and won eight Filmfare Awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Mukerji. Following this, she had starring roles in Mehndi (1998) and Hello Brother (1999), critical and commercial disappointments that failed to propel her career forward.
Mukerji’s first film of 2001, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, was released after controversy over the film’s funding by the Mumbai underworld delayed it by a few months. The film, based on surrogacy, marked her second collaboration with Salman Khan and Preity Zinta. Film critic Sukanya Verma found Mukerji to be “handicapped with a role that doesn’t give her much scope” and preferred the “meatier” role of Zinta. In Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai and Nayak: The Real Hero, films that failed to gain a wide audience theatrically, Mukerji played the love interests of Abhishek Bachchan and Anil Kapoor respectively. In a review for the latter film, Sarita Tanwar of Rediff.com bemoaned that she had “very little to do except being part of some magnificently picturized songs”. An article in Mint summarised that a majority of her roles post Kuch Kuch Hota Hai were “inconsequential”.
Established actress (2002–2006) (Rani Mukerji Biography)
Mukerji began collaborating with Yash Raj Films in 2002 when the company cast her in two productions: Mujhse Dosti Karoge!, a romantic comedy co-starring Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor, and Saathiya, a remake of the Tamil romance Alaipayuthey. The former performed poorly at the box office, as did her two collaborations with Govinda that year—Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai and Chalo Ishq Ladaaye. The romantic drama Saathiya, however, proved a turning point in her career. At the 48th Filmfare Awards, she received her first Best Actress nomination and was awarded the Critics Award for Best Actress. Shaad Ali cast her in the role of Suhani Sharma, a medical student who deals with the troubles of being married at a young age, for the vulnerability that he found in her. She refused the offer at first as she disliked the idea of remaking an accomplished film but was convinced to accept the part by the film’s producer Aditya Chopra. In it, she played opposite Vivek Oberoi, with whom she did not enjoy working, saying that his “attitude was bothersome”. Saathiya emerged as a commercial success. The BBC wrote that “Mukerji plays the character of a middle-class girl with great conviction”, and Udita Jhunjhunwala of Mid-Day added that “her expressions and acting are understated in a role that fits her like a glove”.
This success continued when Yash Chopra cast her in his period romantic drama Veer-Zaara (2004). Set against the background of India–Pakistan relations, it is about the titular star-crossed lovers (Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta). In a part originally written for a man, Mukerji played a Pakistani lawyer who tries to help the couple. With a worldwide gross of ₹940 million (US$12 million), Veer-Zaara emerged as the highest-grossing Hindi film of the year, and it was later screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. Derek Elley of Variety took note of the “quietly dignified perf from Mukerji”, and the BBC opined that she “deserves praise for her acting. To act through your eyes and not use dialogue is an art. Rani for one has perfected this”. She won the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress and received a nomination in the same category at Filmfare.
Mukerji turned down an offer from Mira Nair to star in the English film The Namesake, choosing instead to reteam with Karan Johar in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), a drama about infidelity. Collaborating once again with Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, and Zinta, she played an unhappily married woman who has an affair with a married man. Commenting on the divisive nature of her role, Mukerji said that it changed her own perception of love and marriage. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna was a popular release, earning over ₹1.13 billion (US$14 million) to emerge as the highest-grossing Hindi film overseas to that point. Rajeev Masand wrote that the “consistently competent Rani Mukherjee takes on the film’s toughest role — a part that may be hard to sympathize with — but she injects it with tenderness and believability”, but Kaveree Bamzai of India Today dismissed it as another one of her roles requiring the “art of weeping copiously and smiling valiantly”. It won Mukerji a third consecutive IIFA Award for Best Actress and a sixth Best Actress nomination at Filmfare. The poorly received melodrama Baabul was her final film appearance of that year.
Professional setback (2007–2010)
Following the failure of Baabul, Yash Raj Films cast Mukerji in Siddharth Anand’s family drama Ta Ra Rum Pum in the role of a racing driver’s (Saif Ali Khan) wife and the mother of two. She was excited to play the part of a mother for the first time and modeled her character after her own mother. Released in 2007, the film was a financial success but received mixed reactions from critics. Khalid Mohamed hailed Mukerji’s performance as “near flawless” but Rajeev Masand thought that neither she nor Khan “are able to make much of an impression because their characters are so unidimensional and boring.” The drama Laaga Chunari Mein Daag by director Pradeep Sarkar starred Mukerji as a young woman who is forced to moonlight as a prostitute to fend for her family. Her portrayal earned her a seventh Best Actress nomination at Filmfare, but the film had poor critical and financial returns. Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express noted that Mukerji was responsible for “hold[ing] the film together, even if her part, both as the ingénue and the hooker, doesn’t have freshness”.
After a series of dramatic parts, Mukerji sought to play a light-hearted part, which she found in Kunal Kohli‘s Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008), a children’s film about an angel who comes to Earth to help four troubled kids. In a scathing review, Khalid Mohamed criticized Mukerji’s choice of roles and wrote that “she’s one-dimensional, either darting full blast smiles or tetchy scowls. Her costumes, too, are uneasy-on-the-eyes”. The film had low box office returns and further contributed to a decline in Mukerji’s career prospects. An India Today article spoke of her “running out of luck at the box office” and mentioned her decline in endorsements.
In an attempt to overcome this decline, Mukerji lost weight and underwent a makeover. She continued to collaborate with Yash Raj Films, taking on a starring role opposite Shahid Kapoor in the romantic comedy Dil Bole Hadippa! (2009). Mukerji had high expectations from the film in which she played a cricket-obsessed Punjabi village girl masquerading as a man, and it had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Economic Times critic Gaurav Malani was disappointed with the picture and wrote that Mukerji “comes up with a spirited performance but her mock sob-whine-whimper do not amuse anymore. Also after a point you dislike visualizing the charming actress as the mustached male player”. The film was Mukerji’s fourth financial failure in a row. When questioned about her recent spate of flops with the Yash Raj Films banner, she defended the collaborations, saying that “I stand by those films regardless of their fate”. Later that year, she featured as a talent judge for the Sony Entertainment Television reality show Dance Premier League. She agreed to appear on television to gain visibility during a low phase in her film career.
Success in thrillers and Hichki (2011–2020)
Aniruddha Guha of Daily News and Analysis described Mukerji’s performance in the 2011 film No One Killed Jessica as “one of her best performances to date”. Co-starring Vidya Balan, the film was Mukerji’s first commercial success since Ta Ra Rum Pum and was especially noted for being so in the absence of a male star. Based on the Jessica Lal murder case, featured Mukerji as a fictionalized foul-mouthed journalist who is deeply involved with the case. She has described how different the role was from the ones she had previously played, saying, “I actually had to play a man!” Certain critics, however, were critical of her performance, including Anupama Chopra, who called her role “the fatal, false note”, arguing that “the character is written superficially and Rani’s portrayal of her is equally banal. It’s all about externals. She argues a lot and proudly labels herself a bitch but her hair stays perfectly in place and in the end, she even gets to do a super-hero-like slow-motion walk.” Even so, the role earned her a third Best Supporting Actress trophy at Filmfare.
Mukerji reprised her role as Shivani Shivaji Roy in Mardaani 2 (2019), directed by Gopi Puthran, who wrote the first film. In it, Roy faces off against a young rapist (Vishal Jethwa). The Indian Express wrote that Mukerji is “in command right through as she works to a script which pushes her to the fore at every given chance”, but Rahul Desai of Film Companion criticized her for overplaying Roy “as more of a Dhoom franchise character” than a cop. Mardaani 2 performed well at the box office and gained her another nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. The commercial success of three consecutive films led Filmfare to credit Mukerji for breaking “the stereotype that actresses have battled for generations that post marriage and kids, an actress’ career gets over in Bollywood”.
Intermittent work (2021–present)
In 2021, Mukerji reprised her part as Babli from Bunty Aur Babli in the successor Bunty Aur Babli 2. A commercial and critical failure, the film was panned for its technical aspects but Mukerji’s performance and comic timing were better received by reviewers for Hindustan Times and The Times of India. Mukerji next starred in Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway (2023), a drama about a real-life Bengali woman whose children were taken away by the Norwegian Child Welfare Services. Reviewing the film for Screen Daily, Namrata Joshi dismissed the film’s melodramatic tone, adding that “most disappointing is an otherwise reliable Mukherji being far from effective in her shrill and showy turn”.
Personal life (Rani Mukerji Biography)
Mukerji prefers not to publicize her personal life. She limits her interactions with the media and is sometimes labeled a recluse; she said in a 2011 interview, “Today actors have become more open with the media. But this has posed a problem for actors like me because if I don’t do that, then I end up being called reclusive. So now I have changed myself and am easily approachable.” Mukerji has collaborated frequently and maintained a close friendship with actors Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, and filmmaker Karan Johar.
The nature of Mukerji’s relationship with filmmaker Aditya Chopra was the topic of fervent tabloid reporting in India, though she refused to publicly talk about it. According to media reports, she and Chopra started dating soon after his divorce. “He was just out of his divorce and I think he was in no mind to see someone,” Rani had told in an interview. On 21 April 2014, she married Chopra at a private Bengali ceremony in Italy. The following year, she gave birth to their daughter Adira. She has said that “the time spent being a mother is the happiest period of my life”. Mukerji has said that she believes in maintaining a work-life balance after motherhood, adding that “it is extremely important for [a mother] to have a career and use her time constructively”. She does not have any social media accounts as she prefers to keep a low profile.
Off-screen work (Rani Mukerji Biography)
Stage shows and other appearances
Mukerji has participated in several concert tours and televised award ceremonies. Her first concert tour, “Magnificent Five”, was in 1999 in which she performed with actors Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Akshaye Khanna, and Twinkle Khanna. The “Temptations 2004” concert had Mukerji perform alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal, and Priyanka Chopra in 19 stage shows worldwide. The following year, she participated in the “Temptations 2005” concert in New Delhi with Shah Rukh Khan, Fardeen Khan, Ameesha Patel, and Malaika Arora Khan; the show was organized to help raise funds for the National Centre For Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP).
Mukerji was all set to make her appearance at Cannes Film Festival, in 2011 with Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Karan Johar, but later opted out due to her father’s ill health. She has also been part of documentaries including Bollywood im Alpenrausch, Gambling, Gods and LSD, and The Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan. In addition, Mukerji has often turned muse for various designers including Sabyasachi at the Lakme Fashion Week. She walked the ramp for Salman Khan‘s Being Human‘s fantastic 40s era fashion during “The Couture for a Cause – The Being Human Show” in 2010.
Alongside her acting career, Mukerji is involved with humanitarian causes and is vocal about issues faced by women and children. Mukerji was appointed as an ambassador by Procter & Gamble and the NGO Child Rights and You for their joint venture, Shiksha, to endorse the cause of children’s education. In 2011 she set up a Stroke Treatment Fund, in association with the Indian Stroke Association, to pay for the treatment of financially deprived stroke-affected patients. She has made public appearances to support other charities and causes. In March 2004, she visited the Indian army unit in Pokhran, Rajasthan to interact with the jawan troops, for the NDTV reality show Jai Jawan. A decade later, in August 2014, she visited the jawans again at Baramulla. In February 2005, Mukerji and several other Bollywood actors participated in the 2005 HELP! Telethon Concert to raise money for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
Mukerji also attended the “Junoon” charity cricket match, hosted by the Rotaract Club of HR College Mumbai in 2012. She appeared as a celebrity guest on Kaun Banega Crorepati‘s Hindi and Bengali versions, after which she donated the received prize money for social causes. She donated Hindi versions of prize money to the Bandra Holy Family Hospital, for their NICU center and donated Bengali versions of money for other charity works.
Artistry and media image (Rani Mukerji Biography)
Mukerji is considered in the media one of the most popular and accomplished actresses of Bollywood. As part of a career analysis, Sukanya Verma noted that after making an unconventional debut in films, Mukerji oscillated between success and failure for a few years before achieving “the status of a star, performer and showgirl”. Indo-Asian News Service reported that during her initial years in the industry, Mukerji was written off as the successful Kajol’s poor cousin for being “plump” and “short”. Raja Sen opined that despite that, Mukerji “slogged her way with grit” to emerge as a successful star.
Mukerji’s directors Pradeep Sarkar and Reema Kagti have taken note of how much Mukerji prepares for her roles, with Kagti adding, “She gets obsessive about the role and wants to know everything about her character. What’s her character’s back-story, what is going on in her head at a specific point”. Mukerji described her approach to acting in 2012:
A month before I start shooting, I sit with my director, try to understand how he has visualised the character on the screen and take notes. Then I start working on the most basic thing – the look. It’s very important that the physical appearance of the character gets decided because if I look the character, it makes it all the more believable. Once that is achieved, I go into the finer nuances of what the girl is like, her background. And then from there […] I have to get the accent right.
At the peak of her career, Mukerji was featured in listings of the most attractive Indian celebrities, was one of the highest-paid actresses in Bollywood, and was the brand ambassador for a number of products. Filmfare featured her in their listing of the ten most powerful people in Bollywood for two consecutive years (2005–2006). Mukerji was ranked by the UK magazine Eastern Eye as “Asia’s Sexiest Women” between 2006 and 2012. Mukerji featured in Box Office India’s top actress listing for six years and ranked first for two consecutive years (2005–2006). She was featured in Rediff.com’s annual listing of the best Bollywood actresses in 2002–2007, 2012, 2014, and 2018 and topped the list for three consecutive years (2004–2006). She was also featured by Rediff.com in their listing of Bollywood’s best actresses of all time in 2007. Since 2007, Mukerji’s popularity was on a decline and she lost out on her brand endorsements to a number of younger actresses. American hip-hop Blue Scholars named a song after Mukerji in their 2011 album Cinemetropolis. In 2013, she featured among the greatest Bollywood stars in a UK poll celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema. That same year, the American Embassy in India honored her with a special trophy for her contributions to Indian cinema. In 2015, the University of Mumbai felicitated her for her contribution to Bollywood, in 2017, she was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award by the Government of Mauritius, and in 2018, was received an award for Excellence in Cinema at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. She was placed in Outlook India‘s 75 Best Bollywood Actresses list.
Accolades (Rani Mukerji Biography)
Anandalok Puraskar Awards
The Anandalok Puraskar Awards ceremony is one of the most prominent film events for Bengali Cinema in India. Mukerji has received five awards over the past for the Hindi section.
|2010||Best Actress (Critics)||Dil Bole Hadippa!||Won|
|2011||Best Actress||No One Killed Jessica||Won|
Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards
The Bengal Film Journalists‘ Association Awards were founded by the oldest Association of Film critics in 1937. It is one of the most prestigious awards held in India. Mukerji has received two awards.
|2003||Best Actress (Hindi)||Saathiya||Won|
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
The BIG Star Entertainment Awards is an awards ceremony for the Hindi film industry. Mukerji has won one award from seven nominations.
|2010||Film Actor (Female) of the Decade||Nominated|
|2011||Most Entertaining Film Actor – Female||No One Killed Jessica||Nominated|
|Most Entertaining Actress in a Social Role||Won|
|Most Entertaining Film Actor – Female||Nominated|
|Most Entertaining Actress in a Thriller Role||Nominated|
Bollywood Movie Awards (Rani Mukerji Biography)
The Bollywood Movie Awards was an annual film award ceremony held in Long Island, New York, United States between 1999 and 2007 celebrating films and actors from the Bollywood film industry. Mukerji has won three awards from six nominations.
|Best Actress (Critics)||Won|
|2004||Best Actress||Chalte Chalte||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Yuva||Won|
|2007||Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna||Nominated|
Filmfare Awards (Rani Mukerji Biography)
The Filmfare Awards are presented annually by The Times Group to honor both the artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Hindi language film industry of India. Mukerji has won seven awards (most for any actress). Mukerji has been nominated 19 times in various categories, making her the most-nominated performer in the female categories. Mukerji is the first and only actress to have ever won both the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress trophies in a single year (2005). She is also the first and only actress to date to win both the Best Actress and Best Actress (Critics) awards during the same year (2006) for the same film.
|Bunty Aur Babli||Nominated|
|2007||Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna||Nominated|
|2008||Laaga Chunari Mein Daag||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress|
|1999||Kuch Kuch Hota Hai||Won|
|2001||Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega||Nominated|
|2012||No One Killed Jessica||Won|
|2013||Talaash: The Answer Lies Within||Nominated|
|Best Actress (Critics)|
Global Indian Film Awards
The Global Indian Film Awards was an award ceremony for the Hindi film industry held abroad in 2005 and 2007, no longer held now. Mukerji has received one award from two nominations.
|2005||Best Actress||Hum Tum||Won|
|2007||Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna||Nominated|
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is an annual Indian film festival based in Melbourne, Australia. It is presented by Film Victoria and the State Government of Victoria and produced by Mind Blowing Films, a Melbourne-based distributor of Indian cinema across Australia and New Zealand. Founded in 2010, the festival was previously called Bollywood & Beyond, and from 2012 was re-established as an initiative of the Victorian Coalition Government Victorian Government that aims to strengthen ties between the Indian film industry and Victoria.
|Excellence in Cinema||Won|
Zee Cine Awards (Rani Mukerji Biography)
The Zee Cine Awards is an award ceremony for the Hindi film industry, now held abroad each year. Mukerji has won four awards from twelve nominations.
|1999||Lux Face of the Year||Ghulam & Kuch Kuch Hota Hai||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female||Kuch Kuch Hota Hai||Won|
|Best Actor – Female||Ghulam||Won|
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female||Yuva||Nominated|
|2006||Best Actor – Female||Black||Won|
|Bunty Aur Babli||Nominated|
|2007||Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna||Nominated|
|2013||Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female||Talaash||Nominated|
|2019||Best Actor (Critics) – Female||Hichki||Nominated|
- Anandalok Purashkar (Rani Mukerji Biography)
- Best Actress (Critics) – Rani Mukerji.
- 2011: Kelvinator Gr8 Women Achievers Award Actor of the Decade.
- 2011: Young Women Achievers Award Excellence in Cinema.
- 2012: PETA India acknowledged Mukerji with a Hero to Animals Award for her compassionate work for animals.
- 2013: Mukerji was honored by the US Council on the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration into office for their Contribution to Indian Cinema.
- 2013: Honored at the 3rd Petrochem GR8! Women Awards in Dubai for Most Successful Actress.
- 2013: Commemorated with Excellence in Acting at GQ India’s Men of the Year Awards.
- 2013: Honored at the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival with Panch Kanya Award.
- 2015: Felicitated at a charity dinner hosted by The British Asian Trust in London for her Contribution to the fight against human trafficking.
- 2015: Felicitated by Mumbai University for her Contribution to Indian Cinema.
- 2015: Felicitated by the National Institute of Gender Justice for her Contribution towards Gender Sensitization.
- 2017: Recognized and honored by the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth, for her Outstanding Contribution to Cinema.
- 2018: Felicitated at the NBT Utsav Awards for her immense contribution to the promotion of Indian language, culture, and art through her perseverance, performance, and love for the craft
- 2018: Hoists Indian National Flag at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM)
- 2018: Honored at Lead the Change Pride Awards for her life-changing portrayal of an aspiring teacher having Tourette Syndrome in Hichki by WCRC and KVG Media
- 2018: Honored at the Forbes India Tycoons of Tomorrow with Icon Of Cinema for her exemplary contribution to the field of cinema and entertainment
- 2018: Awarded the Sakhi Sanman for her contribution to cinema at the Lokmat Woman’s Summit
- 2019: Awarded with Most Powerful Performer of the Year 2018 for Hichki at Maharashtra Achievers Awards
- 2019: Honoured with the Most Influential Cinema Personality in South-East Asia at Asian Business Leaders Conclave
- 2022: Honoured with Best Actress Bollywood of the Year in the Bollywood Life Awards 2022
For her roles in the films Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Yuva (2004), and No One Killed Jessica (2011), Mukerji won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for Saathiya (2002) and Black (2005), and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Hum Tum (2004) and Black (2005).