Happy Birthday Rani Mukerji: Bollywood’s ‘Mardaani’ is back in action!
She has an innings to swear by on her name! Rani Mukerji, the one and only 'Queen of Bollywood' is back in action with the much required, 'Hichki'. On her special day, Rani now Mrs. Rani Mukerji Chopra, went candid with DNA for an exclusive heart to heart session. The excepts from the interview are worth your read!
Rani and the 'comeback' word
“Again, that word! Comeback! It’s nothing. It’s just any other professional taking a maternity leave/break and then coming back to work. That’s exactly what I am doing.”
Juggling Adira and 'Hichki'
“I still don’t know if I am ready to get back to work. I am doing the film and I have said yes to working again. But I don’t feel the same the way I used to feel before I had Adira. Right now, though work is something which gives me happiness, the joy that Adira gives me is just too special and I keep telling my husband that because he actually forced me to get back to work.”
Obseesed over Adira
“Aditya was after me about for three months from the time Adira was born, because he saw me getting obsessed with her. He said, ‘If I don’t push her now, I think she is going to go into that full-on obsession zone.’ For me, I was living, breathing, eating, drinking Adira. For me, it was like every second and I was obsessed. I don’t think I am ready even now.”
“I have a lot of people who love me and love my work, I think it’s my responsibility to keep doing films, so that they get to see a part of me that I am known and loved for. I think working is very important for every woman. It’s a special feeling for a woman when she is independent. It’s a different kind of satisfaction, a different kind of respect she gets, a different feeling of well-being feeling that she feels.”
Upon her long break.....
“I’d definitely decided a break for one year because I knew that that’s the time I wanted to give my child. Because I want to be a part of each milestone in my baby’s life from the first word to the first step, etc. I would’ve hated it if she’d done something for the first time and I wasn’t around to see it. For me, that thing was very important.”
Being a working mother
I don’t know. A lot of mothers go back to work in the third or fourth month after having a baby. I don’t think there is any issue with her bonding with her child. I think more than what the child wants, it’s about what the mother wants. If you want to spend time with your child, you have to do it. I chose it. I wanted to spend that time with Adira because that gave me happiness. If something else gave me that happiness, I probably would have done that.
Slowly discovering Adira
I have been a working woman for 20-22 years of my life and suddenly, I get this feeling which is way greater than every feeling I had in the last 20 years. All my achievements failed in comparison to what I felt when I gave birth to Adira. It was like, ‘Wow, I actually gave birth to a being that lived inside me for so many months and that child is out now, and it’s mine.’ You know, slowly I am discovering so many things in Adira which are so fascinating.
Aditya Chopra's special bond with Adira
I think, for a man, it takes much longer for them to process the fact they have a child and it’s more from a wider angle. He was shooting in Paris for Befikre when Adira was four to six months. So, he didn’t get to bond with her that much. He started to bond with her from the time she turned one because Adira started interacting with him. From the time she started calling him Papa, I think his bond has increased a lot.
Life- Pre Adira and Post Adira
When I didn’t have her, when I used to sign or work on a film, it was the only thing on my mind. I was eating, breathing, drinking that film till the film got over. Today, somehow, I feel that’s completely changed. I hope I am doing the right thing by coming back to work now. Sometimes, I wonder, ‘Am I doing a film too early?’ or ‘Do I need some more time with Adira?’ I still keep chatting with my director and I keep telling my director, ‘Sid, I don’t know how am I going to be on set this time.’
Aditya- A better husband or a better father?
A better husband, definitely. Till now at least, and I hope that he remains a better husband. Men become good fathers by default, but it is very important for men to be good husbands. So, I’d want him to become a better husband all his life.
Turning a year older
I love my birthdays. My birthday used to come in the middle of final exams. So, for anybody born in March, it is a torture because no kids come for your birthday party because everybody is preparing for their exams. The maximum you can do is wear a coloured outfit and go to school and distribute eclairs, which is what I used to do. I always missed out on having birthday parties.
Any special plans?
I want my birthday parties to have balloons and a lovely cake… Though of course, I know I am getting older each year, but there is something about birthdays that makes me very happy.