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