I am learn­ing ev­ery day as a mother, says Rani Muk­erji

The ac­tor, who is back to work, says she is con­fi­dent her daugh­ter Adira will teach her “much more about moth­er­hood”

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Rani Muk­erji has been quite busy of late. She fin­ished shoot­ing for her next film, Hichki, but then grew busy with Durga Puja cel­e­bra­tions. After that, she shot for a spe­cial ap­pear­ance in Aanand L Rai’s next, along­side Shah Rukh Khan. And lastly, the ac­tor flew to Mau­ri­tius, where she was hon­oured with the Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Cin­ema Award by the coun­try’s gov­ern­ment as part of its 50th In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions.

A NEW ROLE

Rani did al­most all of that with her daugh­ter Adira, who turns two in De­cem­ber, by her side. And of course, it goes with­out say­ing that she is en­joy­ing her new role — al­beit in real life — of be­ing a mother. “As they say, ‘When you be­come a mother, your child gives birth to you as a mother’. I am learn­ing ev­ery day as a mother and I am sure my daugh­ter will teach me much more about moth­er­hood. Also, it all de­pends on her,” Rani says, laugh­ing.

WORK CUL­TURE

The ac­tor, who will soon be back on the big screen, feels that it’s great for moth­ers to go out and work, as it lets their chil­dren see them as in­de­pen­dent peo­ple. “Your child should know you as an in­de­pen­dent mother and re­spect you not just for be­ing a mother who looks after them, but also for be­ing in­de­pen­dent enough to go out there in the world and work,” she says.

FULL­TIME MOTHER

Rani strongly be­lieves that chil­dren start re­spect­ing work in a strange way when they see their mother and fa­ther

I love be­ing a full­time mother, which I have en­joyed in the last two years. But I think it is time for me to get back to work. RANI MUK­ERJI, AC­TOR

work­ing. “They will un­der­stand that work is im­por­tant, as they are al­ways like, ‘My par­ents go out to make a liv­ing and come home to spend time with me’,” she says. The Mar­daani (2014) ac­tor, who is mar­ried to film-maker Aditya Cho­pra, feels that “it is a very pos­i­tive way of rais­ing a child”. She says, “I love be­ing a full-time mother, which I have en­joyed in the last two years. But I think it is time for me to get back to work (smiles).”

With­out di­vulging much about her up­com­ing film, Hichki, which will re­lease next year, the ac­tor says, “There are cer­tain things in the world that thank­fully come to our no­tice be­cause films show them. It is be­cause of films that they come into the larger pic­ture,” she says. Rani feels that “peo­ple get more sen­si­tive about is­sues when they get rel­e­vance”. “Some­times, that works re­ally well. So that will re­ally make a dif­fer­ence when Hichki comes out. Ev­ery­one will know what I am talk­ing about once we start the pro­mo­tions,” she says. Ask the ac­tor if she is ready to sign more films, with Adira by her side, and she says, “If this film does well, it will give me the con­fi­dence to do more films (smiles). It’s al­ways a mys­tery, be­cause you don’t know what the fu­ture holds for you,” says Rani.

PHOTO: AV­INASH GOWARIKER

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