Of late Rani Mukherjee has been playing the fallen woman a little too often but that is no coincidence because she loves playing such roles, Rani revealed. However, she also insisted that the similarity is only on the surface level and the characters she played in ‘Laaga Chunri Mein Daag – Journey Of A Woman’ and ‘Saawaria’ were very different at
a deeper level. She says:
I play very different kinds of prostitutes in ‘Saawariya’ and ‘Laaga Chunari…’ The woman in ‘Saawariya’ has no problem with her profession, whereas in the other film it’s completely different… No one goes into prostitution willingly. But there’re compulsions and compulsions.
She also revealed that her character in ‘Laaga Chunari Mein Daag’ goes through a several changes from a ‘simple homely girl’ to a ‘high class hooker in Mumbai’. The change of personality was made to reflect in the dresses she wore. Rani told that the transformation of the homely girl to the prostitute had to be complete. She says:
In ‘Laaga Chunari…’ it was very important for me to look completely different as the innocent, carefree girl in Varanasi and then this prostitute in Mumbai.
Certainly, it delivered quite a jolt to the audience and that’s what Rani wanted, she said. In her own words:
The shock value had to come through. My director Pradeep Sarkar, my hairstylist, my costume designer and I got together and spent hours creating contrasting looks for me as Badki in Varanasi and Natasha in the film. It’s so important to have a team that makes your character look convincing.
Sadly, the film despite the presence of immensely talented actors like Anupam Kher, Jaya Bachchan and Konkana Sen apart from Rani failed to impress the viewers.