Rani Mukerji – “When I admit my children in school, I guess I will change my surname”

“When I admit my children in school, I guess I will change my surname.”

Rani (nee Mukerjee) made her much-awaited first public appearances after her marriage to Aditya Chopra at the launch of her next release, Mardaani. Dressed in a simple white jacket, black tee and blue jeans, she radiated happiness and insisted, “My name has not changed; in films, people will always know me as Rani Mukerji.”

Not that she has forsaken the Chopra surname. The actress added with a smile: “When I admit my children in school, I guess I will change my surname.”

Much has already changed about Rani’s life post marriage and buzz is that she has already become second in command at Yash Raj studios, queening it up with Adi Chopra on her side. Rani, however, demurred, “In the production house, there are many capable people who take care of everything. With Adi at the helm, I don’t think he requires anybody else. But there is a lot of power in the house and especially in the kitchen. I would rather take over the house and not the office.”

While Rani Mukerji has always been a public figure her husband is almost obsessive about his privacy … and that has not changed after marriage. Rani reasoned, “We are always together and we do go out together, but he has made a very conscious decision to concentrate on his work rather than on being seen. Although he is married to an actor, I don’t think he is entitled to become media savvy. He is an individual and would like to maintain his privacy. As long as he is visible to me, I am very happy.”

One aspect of her life which marriage will not affect is Rani’s profession. Rani said she wishes to work forever. “I hope to work till I literally take my boots off. You can’t ever take the artist out of me. Even though I play a wife today, and in future a mother, I am known as an actor … and that role is never going to change.”

Rani was particularly pleased with her latest release, in which she plays a CBI officer. She said, “There has been a strong message for women in most of my films. I am very happy that Mardaani came my way. I did research and met many women inspectors. I took inspiration from them. This film is about the contributions of women police officers in our country. We have to change the perspective of how people look at a women police office. This film is one step towards that change.”

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