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Rani Mukerji: I can pursue my dream of going on doing films

Rani Mukerji has been receiving immense adulation for her work in her latest release Hichki. Speaking about the box office success of Hichki, she said to a leading Indian daily, ”More than tasting sweet, I think it brings relief and happiness to all of us because all the things that we did went against set ‘norms’. There are always doubts in people’s hearts and minds about whether a married actress, who is also a mother now, will be accepted by the moviegoers or not. Plus, this is not a masala film. It’s a sweet story about education and has a message for the society.”

She further said, ”When a film like Hichki becomes successful, it’s like the audience telling us, ‘we don’t care about your marital status, personal life, or if you had a baby. We just want to see you back on screen.’ I think that’s a big shift for all the women who want to continue or make their career after motherhood. If an actress makes a comeback after marriage or motherhood, she is always questioned, but a hero is never asked, ‘you are doing a film after marriage so what will happen to your brand equity?’ If a film can break that barrier, I think it’s a great pathway for all the actresses, who want to maintain their personal lives parallel to their professional lives.”

Rani was last seen in Mardaani (2014); Rani made her comeback on silver screen with Hichki after 4 years of hiatus. On being asked about whether she would take a break from acting again, she said, ”Not at all, I will be back (on screen) soon. I will do more films because now, my audience has given me strength to come back faster as they have told me, ‘we believe in you, your talent and your work.’ I am thankful to them that I can pursue my dream of going on doing films, regardless of my gender and personal life status. I have heard scripts but kept them on hold as I wanted to see how Hichki would fare. Now, I will go back to the scripts.”