Rani Mukherji speaks about her Muslim friends





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Published on Sep 22, 2009

Rani Mukerji rocks. Thats pretty evident from her latest in a long line-up of rocking performances in Dil Bole Hadippa.

But the newly-toned, slim, fit and hot actress rocked us off our feet at ZOOM, when she expressed a desire to celebrate Eid in the real way — having biryani, falooda, phirni, sheer korma, kebabs and fruit platters along with the junta — at a popular joint. She chose a local eatery at Bandra, popular for its biryani, bang opposite the overcrowded Bandra station on the main road. It was a logistical nightmare, what with Eid, the Bandra fair and Navratris on simultaneously. The roads were jammed and traffic and security impossible to handle.

It was something never ever done by any TV channel before, with such a popular star. But ZOOM decided to fulfil her wish. With help from local police, huge support from friendly locals and the eaterys owners, we pulled off the impossible. Rani actually hopped off her luxury Sedan and into the lucky joint as if it were a five-star. Then she went berserk.

The six months of a tough diet and workout regime forgotten, she dived into the food. Kebabs, curries, biryani and desserts. All at one go. I used to order a lot from here and enjoy it. But I always wanted to come here. And nothing could have been better than inviting me to fulfil my dream, she told ZOOM — Editor-in-Chief, Omar Qureshi, over the feast.

Looking stunning in a blue salwar kameez, hair bunched neatly, her brown eyes alight at the sight of the feast; she was in such a fab mood that she mingled with all the other diners, much to their pleasant surprise, serving them and asking them if theyd caught her film. In fact, one lady cutely got up and hugged the lovely actress and she hugged her right back, even as the ladys family applauded. Then she pulled in the ZOOM crew one by one, forcing them to eat.

Rani went on to tell us how shes always enjoyed great food, especially on Eid. Considering my first producer was Salim Akhtar, my first heroes were Aamir and SRK, and Ive worked so much with Salman; I always got to eat their Eid khaana. So I was craving again.

Later Rani went out and waved to the hordes of thousands that had gathered and were patiently waiting for her, and a huge roar of Hadippaaaaa went up. The actress was moved to tears, yet mingled with some, then when it got crazy, she was requested by security to jump into her car and God speed home.

But guess what... it was a Happy Eid for the charming actress, even as she prepared to leave for the Durga Pooja festivities in Kolkota the next morning.


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