Rani Mukerji does not believe in ­flamboyance, and unlike most of her industry colleagues, she has no plans to party on her 37th birthday today. Before she set off for a quiet ­vacation to an undisclosed place with husband, ­filmmaker Aditya Chopra — their first long holiday since tying the knot in April last year — we caught up with the actor on why she is so fiercely protective about her personal life.
“Going to parties or ­making frequent public appearances ... I have never done that, and I don’t intend to do that in the future either. When I am promoting my film, that’s the only time I am out there, and the only reason is that as an actor it’s my duty, and also something which is a part of my ­contract,” says Rani, who was last seen in Mardani.
The actor insists that even as a kid, she was an introvert. “According to my mom, I am a ‘ghorkuno’, which in Bengali means, I always like to stay at home,” she admits with her ­inimitable giggle.
She goes on to add, “It’s not only from the time I have become an actor. Ever since I was a kid, my mom would always coax me to go out because I liked being at home. It’s a part of my personality that I have not been able to change even after becoming an actor. And trust me, even today, going out somewhere for me is like a big headache because I have to really drag myself out to get ready.”
While Rani says that this is the reason that she has stayed away from social media, she is happy that her husband, too, shares that trait. “I am married to a person who is very similar to me and probably even a little more private than I am, so there will be nothing for me to share on social media. I can’t share my life there as my husband also doesn’t encourage that, so obviously I can’t talk about him, and if fans ask me about my life or his life or want to see our ­pictures, and I cannot even ­disappoint them because that’s also a responsibility ... you are answerable to all the people who are following you,” she says, much in a fix.