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Rani Mukerji launches Mardaani anthem

Rani Mukerji

By HT

To promote her upcoming film Mardaani, Bollywood actor Rani Mukerji has come up with a special anthem with the message that women are as strong as men.

Written by Kausar Munir and sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Vijay Prakash, Tumko Nahin Chhodoongi has been composed and produced by Salim-Sulaiman.
 
"I was asked to see the film, and being a woman and a mother, I reacted emotionally to it. Aditya and Prakash asked me to express this reaction in words and make it a voice of a sensitive person," Kausar said here at the launch of Mardaani anthem.

"The emotions of anger, frustration and helplessness came out. Woman are physically weaker than men, that is nature, but the will, the spirit is not," she said.

Rani thinks the lyrics are beautifully written and are very powerful.

The Bengali beauty will be playing the role of a cop in this film which deals with the issue of child trafficking.

"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.

She also said people should stop categorising 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 told reporters at the promotional event of her upcoming film Mardaani.

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 like Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali have strong female protagonists, but you don't call it women-centric film. If you see a female doing a title role and the film does not have a strong A-list actor then the mindset is it is a women-centric film. The story has to be A-list. Content should be the king... it doesn't matter who is there in the film....When content is good then a film with newcomers also does well."  

Mardaani shows Rani in a never-before-seen avatar as she does some hardcore action and chases the bad guys.

"I 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," Rani added.

The film is centred around 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.

Directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by her husband Aditya Chopra, the film will release worldwide on August 22.