Rani fighting for female officers

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to rani-mardani_CITY_E1 Supplied ON THE CASE: Mukerji, above and right, in Mardaani.

Popular Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji seems to have established a connection with the police force following her work in the upcoming film Mardaani, which opens locally this Friday. Oneindia.in reports…

Actress Rani Mukerji, who plays an Indian Crime Branch officer in Mardaani, has decided to stand up for the real-life female police officers.

Mukerji visited several Crime Branch offices and expressed her discontent at the existing situation of the female officers.

To prepare for her role as a Crime Branch officer, Mukerji visited some female officers and noticed that they were not provided with basic facilities such as separate toilets.

Disgusted with the situation, she decided to bring the matter to the attention of the authorities and appeal to the police commissioners of various jurisdictions to arrange for basic facilities for the female cops.

Bollywoodhungama.com reports that the actress, who was last seen in Bombay Talkies, will now be seen in an action-packed avatar when she reprises the role inspired by a real-life female police officer who has solved several child trafficking cases in India.

Talking about her role, India’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief, Himanshu Roy, said: “Rani approached us when she was preparing for her role.

“She wanted to play it realistically and we have just helped her do that. She wanted to know in detail about the challenges faced by cops and the lifestyle we lead. So we put her in touch with two lady officers from the Crime Branch.

“She then spent some time with them to get a better idea about their lives.”

Roy also reveals that the actress met the female police offer whose life inspired Rani’s character in the film.

“I cannot reveal her name, but yes, she was an officer at the Crime Branch,” he says.

Also, the production house has kept a veil of secrecy around the film and the crew have signed a non-disclosure clause with the company.

This means they are not at liberty to share any information about the film with the media.

Mardaani centres on a female cop, Shivani Shivaji Roy (Mukherjee) who works in a Mumbai Crime Branch unit.

Deft at picking up hidden clues and fearless in confronting hardened criminals, Roy stumbles on a case that changes her life for ever – it involves a young girl who was kidnapped in the city by a trafficking ring.


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