During an interactive session at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, Rani Mukerji spoke about the only film she felt unfortunate not being a part of
How can anyone forget the Aamir Khan starrer ‘Lagaan’, which was released on 15 June 2001. This was one of the rarest films in the history of Bollywood, wherein it was release alongside another film (the Sunny del starrer ‘Gadar’) and both the films went onto become all time blockbusters. Right from the cast till the music till the stellar performances, everything about the film is memorable and evergreen. Speaking of the film’s cast, while the film starred Aamir Khan as the leading man, it was the petite Gracy Singh who played the film’s leading lady.
But, did you know that, it was not Gracy Singh, but, Rani Mukerji who was originally signed to play the leading lady of the film ‘Lagaan’! the same was revealed by none other than Rani Mukerji herself at an interactive session at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. As per a news report in ANI, Rani Mukerji was quoted saying that the only film which she could say she was unfortunate that she couldn't be part of was Lagaan, because, there was a particular date clash and Aamir was turning producer with the film. She added that, Aamir Khan had said that Rani and he was shooting this film in a particular way, and that’s why he wanted all his actors in this particular place for 6 months and not move'.
In the same event, Rani Mukerji also reportedly said that, she had had already signed a film before that which was about 20 days, to which Aamir said that he won’t be able to let her come back even for those 10 or 15 days because it would be unfair of him not to let the others travel. The actress added that, she had also asked the other producers if they would be okay if she left the film because she would really like to do her close friend Aamir's film, but the producer had refused to let her go, which was very sad.
As for the film ‘Lagaan’, it was directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and produced by Aamir Khan. The film, which starred Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne, had become one of the all-time blockbusters of Bollywood.