Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji, who plays for the first time the role of a police officer chasing the bad guys in the newly-released film “Mardaani”, thinks there should be no categorisation of films as male and female-centric.
“I think this term woman-centric is a bit strange because we don't call normal films male-centric. I think we should stop calling a film as male or female centric, it should be a good or a bad film,” Rani said during promo of the film.
More so, romantic films are by default woman centric as a love story is incomplete without a heroine, she thinks. “Love stories are women-centric as you cannot have a love story without the female protagonist. Sometimes it is female protagonist who has a better role than the hero,” she said.
“Films made by legendary filmmakers Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have strong female protagonists but you don't call them women-centric. If you see a female doing a title role and the film does not have a strong A-list actor, then the mindset is that it is a women-centric film.”
To do her role in “Mardaani”, Rani said that she “learned Israeli self-defence martial art form for girls. We have shown realistic action in the film rather than showing people flying here and there. People always wonder how a woman will do action. There is a prejudice like when a man fights, so it is mind-blowing but when a woman fights then they find it weak.”
“Mardaani”, directed by Pradeep Sarkar, is centred on human trafficking. “If the film touches women in the right way then our job is done, then I would feel it was worth for me to be part of it,” Rani said.
To promote “Mardaani”, Rani has come up with a special song with the message that women are as strong as men. Written by Kausar Munir and sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Vijay Prakash, the song has been composed and produced by Salim-Sulaiman. Rani thinks the lyrics are beautifully written and are very powerful.
“We all women have inner strength which I think men don't have. Men may be physically more powerful and stronger than us but emotionally and mentally we are stronger. I don't think there is anything that a man can do without a woman,” Rani said.