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Hailing from a predominant filmy family, Rani Mukerji was born into the Mukherjee-Samarth family in 1978 and had made her debut with a Bengali film, Biyer Phool in 1996, followed by a Hindi film, Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat in the same year. In her career span of close to two-and-a-half decades, Rani has picked strong and meaty roles, which got meatier with every film and there was a time, when she was the only heroine to have worked with all the Khans. Chalte Chalte in her journey in the industry, Rani was no longer a Paheli, unknown to her fans and with her Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, everyone fell in love with her, believing Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai.
For forever, Rani Mukerji gave us the answer for 'Sun' to be, 'Suna' followed by 'Aati Kya Khandala'. Be it gaon ki chhori as Manjari in Nayak: The Real Hero or the NRI return Tina Malhotra in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, be it the ever so elegant Suhani Sharma in Saathiya or the strong and fierce Saamiya Siddiqui in Veer Zaara, be it making us resonate with every emotion of Michelle McNally in Black or making conning people look so charming and hilarious as Vimmi "Babli" Saluja in Bunty Aur Babli, be it her feminist role as Lachchi Bhanwarlal in Paheli or the bold Maya Talwar of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, be it the roaring Meera Gaity of No One Killed Jessica or the power-packed performance of Shivani Shivaji Roy in Mardaani, Rani's every performance is a proof of her versatility and brilliance. With her sheer hard work, Rani made an everlasting impact in the Hindi film industry.
Rani Mukerji became a part of another predominant filmy family, the Chopras when she had tied the knot with the scion of the YRF banner, Aditya Chopra. When Aditya rose to prominence with his independent film as a writer and director, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Rani had an encounter with him at the Sampan Hotel in Mumbai but to his surprise, the then-young starlet did not pursue him, vying for a role. Impressed by this and her performance in films she had done before, Aditya recommended Rani to Karan Johar for his film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Aditya and Rani's relationship was not love at first sight but was characterized by a deep respect for each other. Rani and Aditya then shared a nice and friendly bond with each other and it just got stronger with each film she did with YRF. Nothing romantic blossomed between the couple as Aditya was married back then, but they truly enjoyed each other's company.
When Aditya Chopra separated from his first wife, Payal Khanna in 2009, Rani Mukerji was also in a low phase in her personal life and the two would often find solace in each other. After Aditya and Payal's divorce, he started dating Rani and in fact, the rumours were rife back then that the couple separated because of his relationship with Rani. Reacting to the rumours of her being the home-wrecker, Rani had once said in an interview with the TOI, "The universe around us is responsible in bringing us together by insinuating us." Before we move further into the love story of Rani and Aditya, let us take a look at the combined net worth of this power couple of Bollywood.
With her debut Hindi film, Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, no one could have predicted that Rani Mukerji would one day become the first choice of every director and make a strong foothold for herself in the industry. Married into one of the prominent and respectable families of Bollywood, Rani is indeed living a life like a queen. Rani is a proud owner of a few expensive things like a highly expensive black leather jacket worth Rs 1.30 lakh, an Audi A8L W12 worth Rs 2 crore which was a gift from Aditya during their dating phase, a Dolce & Gabbana bag from the label's 2020 Spring collection worth Rs 50000, a Valentino army green fatigue chain shoulder bag worth Rs 1,19,180, a Gucci outfit worth Rs 4 lakh, which she flaunted at the airport. As reported by IBTimes in 2021, Rani's net worth is 12 million USD.
Son of filmmaker and former Chief Executive of Yash Raj Films, late Yash Chopra and his wife, Pamela Chopra, Aditya Chopra started his filmmaking career at the mere age of 18. Aditya worked as an assistant director to his father, Yash Chopra and after gaining respectable experience, he independently worked as a writer and director at the age of 23 in the blockbuster film, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Aditya took his father's legacy to new heights, YRF touched the skies with its unique achievements and he became a master storyteller. His trend setting excellence over the years has elevated YRF to the position it holds today.
When Rani Mukerji and Aditya Chopra had embraced parenthood in 2015, the doting parents gifted their little angel not one but two bungalows, that are close to his workplace, YRF headquarters and Rani's residence at Yari road. Aditya owns a lavish mansion at Juhu which is worth crores and another luxurious house in Navi Mumbai, worth around Rs 10 crores as per Filmik.com. The Chopras also own expensive cars like BMW and Range Rover. According to Starbiz.com, Aditya's net worth is around 890 million USD, which is approximately Rs 6,504 crores. Aditya is the Chairman and Managing Director of YRF, a company that generates as much as 133 million USD per year, which is around Rs 961 crores annually.
In 2014, Rani Mukerji had spoken for the first time about her husband, Aditya Chopra in an interview with The Times of India, a few months after their secret Italy wedding. It was Aditya, who expressed his feelings for Rani first and for their first date, he went to her home and asked her out in front of her parents. Describing that, Rani had remarked, "For me, nothing could have been more beautiful than that." Rani and Aditya started seeing each other when he was out of his divorce and was not her producer. It was in 2011 when Rani and Aditya started dating and the fact that when they bonded, both were going through a low phase in life, is what makes their relationship so special, in her words. Rani and Aditya's friendship beautifully evolved romantically and the couple found soulmates in each other.
Revealing what made her fall for Aditya Chopra, Rani Mukerji had said, "There have been certain criteria in my heart and mind just like every girl has that I want to have a man like this. And I think everything that I had thought, Adi is completely that which I discovered through knowing him and now post marriage. He and I think alike. He loves and respects his parents. My entire world is also my parents. He is not a negative soul and will never harm anybody. He is a person who is always thinking for the good of people and will always see the goodness in people. It’s important that when you are in love, you also respect the person. My respect for him has only grown seeing him in the way he conducts himself. He is a self-respecting person, is an achiever and is intelligent. Even though I too am bright, he is even brighter. In the industry I started off when I was 17 and I have seen all kinds of people. So, for me, to respect a person is a very difficult thing. I always wanted to fall in love with a person whom I respect. And Adi is one such person."
Calling Aditya Chopra her 'Shiv' and explaining the reason behind the same, Rani Mukerji had continued, "And my respect for him was my biggest clincher. While we are both sensitive, I am probably more emotional than him as a person. He is a great human being and it gives me great satisfaction to know that I fell in love with a person who is a better human being than I am. For me that is of utmost importance in my life and I always prayed to fall in love with a man who was a good human being. I have too much love, respect and fondness for people who are good. And as a human being, you can grow when you have a partner who is good. With Adi I have grown as a person. He is the Shiva in my life and with him I have become much calmer. Like they say in Bengali, to calm the Shakti you need Shiv and he is my Shiv. Just like Shiv, he is calm, composed and is a one woman man who loves me as much as Shiva loved Parvati. And, of course, I am the Parvati in his life who can’t see beyond him."
Speaking of her parents' reaction to having Aditya Chopra as their son-in-law, Rani Mukerji had remarked, "My parents are too thrilled to have him as their son-in-law as only he can control and love me the way he does. I love the fact that he really respects my parents and takes so much care of them. And that is also a quality he loves about me, seeing the way I am with my parents. I feel that too triggered some emotions in him about me. The only difference between us is that while he is emotional for particular people, I am emotional for the whole world. With me, you have to give love to get love. He likes the quality that I am so unabashed. When I met him I discovered myself and when he met me, he discovered himself, which is very important in a relationship. We both love films, food and travel. Every girl wonders who will be that man in her life. I am in that very happy space at the moment as when I look back at my life and my space with Adi, I feel that God has really been very kind to me. "
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