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Filmfare Exclusive Rani Mukerji on being away from films for three years



Powerhouse performer Rani Mukerji is back on big screen after Mardaani. Her next, Hichki, is ready for the release on February 23, 2018, where she will be seen playing a teacher, Naina Mathur, who is having Tourette syndrome. Her fans did miss her a lot for three years but the actress herself didn’t miss being on screen. 

When she was asked about it, she said, “You see I’m back looking younger, better and refreshed after having a baby. So I’m not complaining about it at all. Yes, of course, my fans did complain but I’m sure they are reasonable enough to understand that when you have a baby, unfortunately, if men would have babies we would be free to go about with our jobs but it’s not like that. We can not fight with nature. As a woman, you do undergo with a lot of changes when you become a mother and it’s not only physical changes, it’s a lot of emotional change as well that comes into your life because you give birth to a new life. You are responsible for that life. It’s a different emotion for every mother like every single girl who becomes a mother she experiences motherhood in different ways. There are so many women I have heard who probably get back to work in three months. There are women who wait for a year, there are women who come back after probably ten-fifteen years into work, you never know. So emotionally I have gone through a very different phase after having my child and I can only tell you that’s been very enriching, fulfilling and very loving. I have come back with a lot more love for everyone. Now when I see people, mothers, parents, my heart goes out to them because I have been through it myself in the truest form. I have not missed being not there but thanks to my husband being in the same profession, I didn’t feel away from it.”  

After marriage and having a baby, actresses are seen in a different light in Bollywood but heroes still continue romancing younger heroines. And Rani Mukerji sees as a major Hichki. She says, “I am also romancing my husband. Why you are saying so? How can we stop romancing? Romance is supposed to be with us for life. Who stops romancing?” 

The actress doesn’t agree with the thought that actresses don’t get a chance to romance heroes after a certain age. She says, “I don’t think that’s true. Times are changing. In the west, there has never been a discrimination like that. So I would say that in the west they don’t have that Hichki. Yes, over here we do have that Hichki and I’m sure that with time that Hichki, if we work on, it can change and that’s in everyone’s mindset. If you see an actor and you don’t enter in movie theatre tagging her as a married and woman with a child, you will see the actor as the character in the film as the role we are playing but if you are going to judge an actor based on what she is going through in her personal life then these hichkis will keep coming to you. So once you enter movie theatre you have to come sans Hichki, you have to see the actor for what its worth in the cinema hall, in the movie, in the basic ratio of what character she is playing.” 
   
Rani is always seen playing challenging roles on big screen. She will continue doing that in future as well. She says, “More than making a benchmark for myself and only to believe that I would be only offered challenging roles is also a bit much. I think with each script there comes one particular thing about a script that really touches me. Like in the case of Hichki, It was the fact that the role is very challenging and the story is very feel good and it’s about an underdog and about how you win obstacles in your life and you overcome your difficulties in a positive way and you make it your opportunity. In case of Hichki, it was a different reason why I did the film. Having said that the films that would be offered to me now I always look at that one factor that kind of touches my heart. It could be just story, It could be a love story that touches my heart or it could be just anything that kind of connects with me as a person because somewhere in all this Rani that I am, the person, it’s important that something touches me as a human being there is something in the story, something that excites me as an actor. I will always take that up.” 

Rani Mukerji’s Hichki is presented by her husband Aditya Chopra’s banner YRF. But the actress never had any discussion about the film with him at home. She is very clear about her work keeping away from home. She says, “If we didn’t have any discussion, we will be mad. We are working on a film and we won’t talk about it. Maneesh Sharma is the actual creative producer of Hichki. So, Adi was less involved in the project and Maneesh was more involved as a creative producer. So most of my interactions were with Maneesh and my director Sidharth Malhotra. Yes, I had a lot of discussions with my husband but only in the studio. At home, we never had any discussions about Hichki.”  


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