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Rani turns designer; Saif ticket collector

By SUBHASH K JHA
October 24, 2021 14:59 IST
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IMAGE: Rani Mukerji in Bunty Aur Babli 2.
 

Rani Mukerji turns Babli aka Vimmy again in the completely rebooted Bunty Aur Babli 2, produced by her husband Aditya Chopra's Yash Raj Films.

The actress turns 'Fashion Queen of Fursatgunj' in this film.

Here is how the story goes now: Rani as Babli has retired from being a con woman and has settled into family life with Bunty aka Rakesh, played by Saif Ali Khan.

Given that she has a lot of time at hand in an idyllic small town, Rani has tried to turn into a fashion designer in Fursatgunj given her fondness for style and panache.

Point to note: Babli's sartorial choices are over the top and eccentric, but that's how she expresses herself and stays the center of attention!

Bunty is supportive of his wife's efforts, but not necessarily in agreement with her loud fashion choices!

"Vimmy is bored being just a housewife in a small town," Rani says. "She knows she is talented, she is Babli, a smart woman who pulled off incredible cons!

"Though she is happy in her marriage, she craves more, she craves the thrill and being the center of attention. She was always into fashion and so, she decides to pursue that.

"Her fashion choices are loud, colourful, and happy because that's what her personality is and I must say she relishes the fact that people in Fursatgunj look up to her. People in this village are not exposed to fashion at all and Babli becomes the Fashion Queen of Fursatgunj!"

Bunty Aur Babli 2 is set to release worldwide on November 19, 2021. Directed by Varun V Sharma (who worked as an assistant director in YRF's biggest blockbusters Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai), the film will introduce Siddhant Chaturvedi (Gully Boy) and debutant Sharvari as the new talented con-couple Bunty Aur Babli.

IMAGE: Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan in Bunty Aur Babli 2.

Saif put on weight to play Bunty, now a railway ticket collector for Bunty Aur Babli 2.

"Not a day goes by without my character Rakesh missing the thrill he felt when he was the legendary conman Bunty," says Saif. "Though he has kept his identity a secret and enjoys his marriage with Vimmy, he misses the action, misses strategising for cons that became the talk of the nation.

"Suppressing who he truly is and wants to be, impacts his health. I had to put on several kilos and then lose it quickly because of my packed shooting schedule," adds Saif.

"Now, when I look back, I'm glad I went through the process because Rakesh looks believable in the film. He is a family man, who has quit conning people. He has settled down.

"He is endearing, his struggles are real. He was a legend and now he is a nobody. He craves to be known and that's what makes him disappointed about how his life has shaped up." adds Saif. "He wants to feel important."

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