SRK holds special place in Rani’s life

MUMBAI: Shah Rukh Khan tops her list of favourites. After a career spanning 12 years and 40 films, Shah Rukh is still the man who holds “a special place” in Rani Mukerji’s professional life.

“I was considered a newcomer in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, but Shah Rukh never let me feel like one. The treatment he gave in spite of his superstar status then overwhelmed me,” Rani, who made her debut with Raja Ki Aayegi Baarat in 1996, said.

She said Shah Rukh had always guided her in the right direction and she had gained a lot from him.

“I respect his dedication and the extra effort he puts towards his work. I still learn a lot from him,” Rani said.

The two have acted together in several films, including hits like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Chalte Chalte and Veer-Zaara.

Famously reclusive when it comes to parties and social appearances, Rani said emphatically, “I don’t like parties. I am more of a family person. I prefer spending time with my family.”

Her much talked about marriage plans are dismissed. “You people are too much interested in my marriage. But let me tell you that I don’t have a marriage plan for a long, long time. I want to do a lot of films now and don’t see marriage in the near future.”