For now Mahima Chaudhry has had a good reason to be away from the spotlight: She's a mom now, but in no hurry to hang up her boots yet.
"I'm merely taking a break following marriage and motherhood," she says, and promises to be back on screen early this year.
For starters, there's Tanuja Chandra's Hope and a Little Sugar.
"It's based on the life of Asians in the US post-9/11. I play a Sikh widow who is victimised during the crisis," she says. The film also features Anupam Kher and Vikram Chatwal.
Gumnam, opposite Dino Morea, that has been on hold for long, will also be released soon. Chaudhry and Morea play a struggling actress and stuntman respectively who get into a con act.
Home sweet home
Married to architect Bobby Mukherjee, Chaudhry is now the mother of six-month-old Aryana. She admits that being a mother "is not easy" and she doesn't intend to take on too much work right now. Doesn't that sound like another Subhash Ghai find-turned-homemaker, Madhuri Dixit?
"Madhuri made a comeback recently. I am also waiting for the right opportunity," says the actress.
Marriage, she says, has made her a more mature human being. "Though my mother shares a lot of my duties, I cannot shed my responsibilities," she says, adding with a laugh that her husband isn't too good with the baby and it is she who is the hands-on mamma.