[When speaking to Rani in a show] I've known you since the time you started, I'm very fond of you...I love you! We've done different kinds of roles together. Chalte Chalte I think was very interesting, KKHH was interesting because you had just started out...It's wonderful to see you evolve as an actor over the years and personally I do believe that Rani Mukerji is the best actress in the country in the last 16 years.
Rani has looked her career best in Paheli. For myself, Aziz and Juhi; Rani is the only leading lady for our production house. She is the best actress we have had in I'd say the past 16 years!
Very few people know this. Now that she's successful, I can take credit for it. I spotted Rani in the promo of her first film and recommended her to Karan for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. I insisted that he at least meet Rani and when he did, he wasn't impressed. He wanted someone taller and Western looking. After much deliberation, he decided to try her out. They straightened her hair, did her make up and gave her a mini-skirt for the KMG song. That's where it all started. When I first saw her dancing, I realised she's a better dancer than me. She looked fantastic when she walks in with that guitar in the song!