Rani Mukerji on Shammi’s big compliment to her

Rani shared she was very close to Shammi Kapoor. "I was very close to him and I have always been a huge fan of his work, especially his songs.

By Author  |  Published: 23rd May 2020  3:06 pm

Mani Ratnam’s political thriller “Yuva” was released 16 years ago on this day, and the film has, over the years, attained a cult status of sorts despite not managing to set the box office afire on release. Among the most feted aspects of the film were the performances of Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji. On Friday, looking back at the film, Rani was sentimental about all the praise that came her way following the role, particularly from the late Shammi Kapoor.

The iconic dancing superstar Kapoor, recalled Rani, was particularly impressed by her performance in the song “Kabhi neem neem”, and has called her up to congratulate her. “One of my favourite songs in the film is ‘Kabhi neem neem, kabhi shahad shahad’. It is one of my favourite songs till date! The way Madhushree sang it, the way AR Rahman composed it and of course the way Brinda the choreographer and Mani Ratnam sir picturised the song, and Ravi K shot it — it was just magical,” Rani said.

“I distinctly remember, one of my all-time favourite actors, Shammi (Kapoor)ji calling me about the ‘Kabhi neem neem’ song! He told me how much he loved my performance — especially the part where I am sitting on a chair and reacting to Abhishek’s dance,” she added.

Rani shared she was very close to Shammi Kapoor. “I was very close to him and I have always been a huge fan of his work, especially his songs. Hence, for him to call me and compliment me for the song was even more special and meant a lot to me!”