For months now, there has been speculation that Rani is secretly married to Aditya Chopra. But the actress isn’t upset. Instead, flaunting a new self-assurance, she clears the air about Adi Chopra, her ‘comeback’ with Aiyyaa, and life in Bollywood.
Our interview is conducted at Yash Raj studios, a venue that baffles us. Rani Mukerji’s next two films, Aiyyaa and Talaash, have no connection to Yash Raj in any way. So why were we meeting there? Could it have something to do with Rani’s relationship with Aditya Chopra? For months now, there has been speculation that Rani is secretly married to Yash Chopra’s son, the man behind Yash Raj Films (YRF).
But the actor isn’t upset. Instead, flaunting a new self-assurance, she clears the air about Adi Chopra, her ‘comeback’ with Aiyyaa, and life in Bollywood.
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 or praise me, but unless it’s to my face, I cannot comment on it. And on record, I say this: I am not married. That is an irresponsible rumour. I am a girl from a respectable family that would take pride in their daughter’s marriage. They don’t need to lie. I have been brought up with lots of love and respect and such rumours affect my family. Marriage is a sacred thing. When I decide to get married, I’ll do it in a respectful manner and not in a covert way. Anything that is hidden or has a clandestine approach to it is an affair, not a marriage. You can’t hide a marriage. When I tie the knot, I’ll tell the world.
What’s your equation with the Chopra family? My association with the family has been very good. Yash uncle is a very warm, friendly, indulgent and loving person. And he is like this with all the heroines he has worked with.
Your absence has sparked a lot of speculation. I take that as a compliment. People miss those who they love. It brings tears to my eyes to see the longing for me. But it’s my decision to do fewer films and more protagonist-based roles. For me to take up something, it has to make a lot of sense to me.
You’ve been in the industry for 17 years now. I started when I was 17 and have worked all my life. When I turned 30, I realised the value of time and with it, the other important things in life. That’s when I did up my house, started spending time with my family and friends and did all that a normal girl would do. All these things I was balancing with my work.
Who has influenced your career? Both Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have been instrumental in shaping my career to a great extent. I looked up to them in many ways — how they would conduct their careers, their lives, etc. I learnt that you cannot have it easy in this industry. Being such big stars, they are so focused and dedicated. Today, when I meet them at home, without make-up, it’s a very different equation. Especially with Aamir. We are back-slapping buddies off the sets, but on the sets, I am like an obedient student and a very well-behaved child. I guess I recall the Ghulam (1998) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) days.