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Since 1st March, 1999
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Dear Rani,

You gave a poignant performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s exceptional creation, Black, which stole the show at all major award events this year, a more than a bubbly performance in Bunty Aur Babli with Abhishek, and in the Oscar-nominated Paheli as a charismatic Rajasthani belle with SRK. All these performances reflect your immeasurable cinematic potential. Today, most big filmmakers consider you a definite asset in their cast.

I have ceaselessly admired you for being a down-to-earth person. But few days back when I came to know from a source about your temperamental attitude towards the way of working in one of your forthcoming films (currently under production), I felt very upset. I also read that these days you are focusing more on Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna as he matches your A-list of directors, giving less priority to all your other projects by delivering shots reluctantly, and throwing tantrums on the sets when asked to repeat a certain shot with your costars. All at the cost of losing working days and the patience of innumerable workers and your costars who are involved in the process. I think finally success has gone to your head. But, you should realise that with such talent you don’t need to do all this.

I am nobody to get in the way of your personal or professional life. But as your fan I must stop you from doing such things which will only lead to annihilation. Remember that, we should always remain kind to the people we meet on our way up because they are the ones whom we will meet on our way down. Today, you may not pay heed to these words. Today, you have that ability which will lure the mega filmmakers and big banners towards you and a congenial attitude would definitely make you more coveted to them.
Today, there lies no doubt regarding your success or your talent. But keep in mind that success is like a bubble. It glimmers when it catches the sunlight, but it is so fleeting, there is no telling when the bubble might burst and leave you with nothing. So my dear Rani, focus on all your assignments with equal heart and rise higher than the ultimate summit of success.

Truly yours, once again,

Manideep Bhattacharjee,

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