New Delhi: It’s not been long when Rani Mukerji was among the top heroines of the Hindi film industry. She suddenly vanished from the scene after the failure of her ambitious project ‘Laaga Chunari Mein Daag’ (2007). She appeared in big films such as ‘Saawariya’ and ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ after it but slowly and steadily her position became weaker in comparison to her contemporaries.
She returned to the limelight with Rajkumar Gupta’s critically acclaimed venture ‘No One Killed Jessica’ in 2011 but it didn’t support her career much. She was nominated for various awards for her performance in ‘No One Killed Jessica’ but her character fetched a very different sort of fame for Rani. She graduated to actors who can suit in character driven roles. This hampered her chances of being the traditional Bollywood heroine, who don’t need to play their age on screen.
In an attempt to restore her position in Bollywood, Rani Mukerji is returning to the silver screen with ‘Aiyyaa’. This time again she is playing a character which suits her age and image. Rani will be portraying a Marathi girl Meenakshi Deshpande who falls in love with a Tamil guy Surya (Prithviraj Sukumaran). The reason of Meenakshi falling in love with Surya is strange; apparently it happens because Surya smells good.
Things become complicated due to the cultural clashes between the two lovers’ families. However, Meenakshi is determined to overcome the barrier to find her love.
Directed by Sachin Kundalkar, ‘Aiyyaa’ marks the debut of Southern actor Prithviraj into Hindi films. Anurag Kashyap has produced the film while Amit Trivedi has composed the music for it.
The promos of the film have generated a good buzz and two songs ‘Dreamum wakeupam’ and ‘Aga bai’ are getting played on music channels, but the real test will happen after the release.
It’s true that the audiences have accepted different films this year but almost all of them featured good content, so ‘Aiyyaa’ also needs to come up with a good story-line to excel at the box office.