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‘Bring out the Mardaani in you!’ was Rani Mukerji’s advice to students of St. Xavier’s College

She walked into the college auditorium to huge claps and cheers, striding on to stage to not only promote her latest film Mardaani 2



St. Xavier’s College was the hub of activity on a recent November afternoon. A little after 3pm, Rani Mukerji walked into the college auditorium to huge claps and cheers, striding on to  stage to not only promote her latest film Mardaani 2, but also to stress on the need for women’s safety. “Kolkata-r bhalobasha ekdom mishti roshogolla-r moto,” smiled Rani, stunning in a Sabyasachi suit, even as the students broke into applause. “In Mardaani, I kicked butt and in Mardaani 2, I take over the belt. So all the ladies in the house, I hope you wear belts!” chuckled Rani, who reprises her role of tough cop Shivani Shivaji Roy.
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St. Xavier’s College was the hub of activity on a recent November afternoon. A little after 3pm, Rani Mukerji walked into the college auditorium to huge claps and cheers, striding on to stage to not only promote her latest film Mardaani 2, but also to stress on the need for women’s safety. “Kolkata-r bhalobasha ekdom mishti roshogolla-r moto,” smiled Rani, stunning in a Sabyasachi suit, even as the students broke into applause. “In Mardaani, I kicked butt and in Mardaani 2, I take over the belt. So all the ladies in the house, I hope you wear belts!” chuckled Rani, who reprises her role of tough cop Shivani Shivaji Roy.
Picture: Pabitra Das
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So does she want today’s girls to become another Shivani? “I want them to become fearless. Shivani is a police officer and if anyone is inspired to become a cop after watching her, then there is nothing like it. But more than that, she’s the embodiment of true women empowerment. She inspires every woman to discover their inner strength,” said Rani.
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So does she want today’s girls to become another Shivani? “I want them to become fearless. Shivani is a police officer and if anyone is inspired to become a cop after watching her, then there is nothing like it. But more than that, she’s the embodiment of true women empowerment. She inspires every woman to discover their inner strength,” said Rani.
Rani was felicitated by Father Dominic Savio, the principal of St. Xavier’s College. “I don’t think anyone is here to listen to me... they are all here to listen to you! Despite exams, the students have come to hear and meet you and it’s a packed audience,” he told Rani.
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Rani was felicitated by Father Dominic Savio, the principal of St. Xavier’s College. “I don’t think anyone is here to listen to me... they are all here to listen to you! Despite exams, the students have come to hear and meet you and it’s a packed audience,” he told Rani.
Picture: Pabitra Das
The event was emceed by Jimmy Tangree, the station head of 91.9 Friends FM, who not only kept the students entertained before Rani walked in but also set the mood for the afternoon by talking about the need to empower our women. “You have the most beautiful eyes in the world,” Jimmy said to Rani as soon as she walked in, prompting her to take off her oversized tinted glasses. The glasses stayed off — and the smile stayed on — for the rest of Rani’s time at St. Xavier’s.
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The event was emceed by Jimmy Tangree, the station head of 91.9 Friends FM, who not only kept the students entertained before Rani walked in but also set the mood for the afternoon by talking about the need to empower our women. “You have the most beautiful eyes in the world,” Jimmy said to Rani as soon as she walked in, prompting her to take off her oversized tinted glasses. The glasses stayed off — and the smile stayed on — for the rest of Rani’s time at St. Xavier’s.
Picture: Pabitra Das
Some members of the college’s students’ council presented Rani with portraits of the actress that they had sketched. “These are beautiful. There is so much talent in our country,” said Rani, before moving to the side of the stage to autograph the portraits for her young fans.
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Some members of the college’s students’ council presented Rani with portraits of the actress that they had sketched. “These are beautiful. There is so much talent in our country,” said Rani, before moving to the side of the stage to autograph the portraits for her young fans.
Picture: Pabitra Das
Girls from the students’ council shared their stories about facing sexual harrassment in public places. “Earlier, I would ignore catcalls and abusive comments made by boys on the road, but now I give it back to them... full on! If someone disrespects you, you will have to stand up for yourself, no one else will,” said one of the students.
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Girls from the students’ council shared their stories about facing sexual harrassment in public places. “Earlier, I would ignore catcalls and abusive comments made by boys on the road, but now I give it back to them... full on! If someone disrespects you, you will have to stand up for yourself, no one else will,” said one of the students.
Picture: Pabitra Das
Members of the women’s cell of the college were all smiles as they walked on to stage to felicitate Rani.
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Members of the women’s cell of the college were all smiles as they walked on to stage to felicitate Rani.
Picture: Pabitra Das

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