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”

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page - prashant.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com Prashant Singh

R ani 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

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

in a strange way when they see their mother and fa­ther 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).”

PHOTO: AVINASH GOWARIKER

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