For months now, there has been speculation that actor Rani Mukherji is secretly married to Yash Chopra’s son, Aditya Chopra, the man behind Yash Raj Films (YRF). Now, the actor clears the air.
Apparently, staffers at YRF address you as ‘bhabhi’. Are you married to Aditya Chopra?
I don’t know what people call me behind my back. People may b***h about me or praise me, but unless it’s on my face, I cannot comment on it.
And, on record: I am not married. That is an irresponsible rumour. I am a girl from a respectable family that would take pride in its daughter’s marriage. When I decide to get married, I’ll do it in a respectful manner and not in a covert way.
That sounds like a cliché!
But that’s how it is, at the moment. Just as I can’t tell you anything about my death, I can’t confirm the marriage either. It’s very important, not just to me, but also to my parents. I will guard my personal life fiercely, till I am officially married, because once I am, you are going to talk about it anyway.
People say you are hiding it because of your career...
I am a tigress, and a very bindaas girl. I don’t want anyone to paint a picture of me as an insecure coward who’s trying to protect her career under such an irresponsible pretext. I’m a secure person and actor. I take these assumptions as an insult to me. Forget marriage, I’ll continue acting even after I have babies. Acting is my first love and will always be.
Tell us something about Adi.
My connection with Adi goes back a long way. As a producer, Adi is a team player— he is cooperative and indulgent. As a friend, he has been supportive and always been there for me.
Can Aiyyaa be called your comeback movie?
No... I didn’t go anywhere to return. I was working round-the-clock for Talaash and Aiyyaa. Talaash’s release dates have been shuffling for some time. Had the movie come out on time, nobody would ask me this question.