Rani Mukherji, who has resurfaced after a long hiatus, says she was not in hiding but doesn't like "intrusions" into her personal life.
"I really don't like to let the world know what I'm doing every day of my life. I was not hiding anywhere. The truth is I was shooting in New York for (Siddharth Anand's) Tara Rum Pum," Rani told IANS.
"Do you know, Siddharth was with me in school? He had earlier assisted Kunal Kohli on Mujhse Dosti Karoge. And now he was directing me! As for Saif Ali Khan, how he has evolved since Hum Tum! He's such a focussed and committed actor!"
Explaining her suddenly reclusive status, Rani said: "I was completely cut off from Mumbai in New York. It was fun to be on my own. And when I got homesick, my parents visited me. When I'm on location abroad, I generally like to remain totally cut off.
"This time my absence seemed glaring because I was not present for the release of a major film like Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna."
Far away in New York, Rani really bonded with choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant.
"She wasn't just my choreographer there, but also my companion," said Rani emotionally.
Since she hasn't really spoken about her role as the confused wife in KANK, Rani does so now.
"I think we need to salute Karan Johar for dealing with the very important issue of passionless marriages in urban settings with such maturity. I'm very proud of being in KANK."
And she's equally proud of Baabul.
"You know, people often talk about the daughter-in-law being equal in status to the daughter. But does anyone actually believe in this? My father-in-law in 'Baabul' does. I think audiences got to see all all-new side of me and Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) after Black and KANK in the film."
The stressful situation in Varanasi while shooting for Pradeep Sarkar's untitled film took its toll on Rani and she fell ill.
This was Rani's third film to be shot in the holy city.
"And why the stress? Can you believe that they burnt my photographs in Varanasi? What have I done? I wasn't even aware of what had transpired before I arrived for the press conference. I came to know there was some kind of a scuffle.