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From Sabia Sheikh to Rani Chatterjee: A Bhojpuri Star's Journey

Born into a Muslim family in Mumbai in 1979, Rani Chatterjee began her acting career at the tender age of 14. Renowned for her fitness, many fans are unaware that her real name is Sabia Sheikh. As she prepares to turn 37 on November 3, 2024, let's delve into some lesser-known stories about this beloved actress.

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Rani was in the 10th grade when a director was scouting for a new face for Manoj Tiwari's film "Sasura Bada Paisawala." At just 14, Sabia Sheikh signed on for the project. The shooting commenced at Gorakhpur's Gorakhnath temple, where the temple managers suggested a name change to avoid any potential issues. After the muhurat shot, producer Sudhakar Pandey decided on the name Rani Chatterjee instead of Sabia Sheikh.

Sabia Sheikh Becomes Rani Chatterjee

The filming of Rani's debut movie "Sasura Bada Paisawala" wrapped up, and it was released to great acclaim. The movie became an instant hit, and the pairing of Manoj Tiwari and Rani Chatterjee won the audience's hearts. This film emerged as one of the superhits of that era, with production costs of around Rs 30 lakh and earnings in crores.

Rani is the owner of hearts and crores

Reports indicate that Rani Chatterjee's net worth exceeds Rs 33 crore. She commands a fee of Rs 12 to 15 lakh per film. In 2013, she won the Best Actress Award at the Bhojpuri Awards for her role in "Naagin." She also received the Best Actress Award from the Dadasaheb Phalke Foundation in 2017. In addition, she was honored with the Best Actress Award at the BEFA Awards in 2022.

Throughout her career, Rani Chatterjee has starred in numerous superhit films alongside Bhojpuri cinema stalwarts like Khesari Lal Yadav, Dinesh Lal Yadav, Pawan Singh, and Ritesh Pandey. Her journey from Sabia Sheikh to Rani Chatterjee is a testament to her talent, resilience, and immense popularity in the Bhojpuri film industry.

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