Hichki marks Rani Mukerji’s comeback to acting after a gap of 4 long years. Marriage and motherhood took priority for her during those years and it took a beautiful, heart-touching story from director Siddharth P Malhotra for Rani to return to her first love – acting. Rani’s comeback vehicle ‘Hichki’, in which she plays the character of Naina Mathur who has a nervous system disorder, Tourette Syndrome that forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds, has won her praise.

Rani Mukerji went through the usual anxiety of a mother when she had started Hichki after Adira’s birth, but the actor was confident that her daughter will one day be proud of her working parents. Now, after Hichki’s success, Rani is enthused about working more in films, which means daughter Adira will have to stay away from mother again. Speaking of the same, Rani, in a statement, said that she is glad that her daughter (Adira) has started understanding this. The statement read, “She is a very playful child and stays without me when I am working. She is a happy baby. She has begun to understand that I go for work… And I wanted to teach her for a certain time I will go out for work… She should have the security that I will come back,”

From playing a London-returned style diva Tina in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” to a deaf, blind and mute Michelle McNally in “Black”, from the outspoken strong-headed Meera in “No One Killed Jessica” to police officer Shivani Shivaji Roy in “Mardaani” – Rani has proved her versatility and acting talent with many films in the last 22 years. Talking about the importance for an actor to look the part, the 40-year-old said, “As long as an actor looks relevant to the character he or she portrays on-screen, age really doesn’t matter,” adding that, “I think it is very important for an actor to look the part. Today, when Aamir Khan plays a father in ‘Dangal’, as the character he looked convincing. When he did ‘Dhoom’, he completely transformed himself and we did not question his age.”

The actress further added, “The beauty of an actor comes from their transformation for every film. It stays true for a male and female actor. When I play a character, I should look so real to it that the audience will not question my age… I should look the part, whether or not I suit the age of the role I am playing in the film.” ALSO READ: Rani Mukerji: Neither Marital Status Nor Parenthood Affect Box Office Figures

Speaking of the huge transformation one undergoes after the birth of a child, Rani said in a statement, “I felt what true love is. That happens with motherhood… Till I had my child, I did not realise how I can love someone more than myself. At the same time, a few months ago I lost my father. So I know what extreme pain feels like,” adding that, “As an actress, I channelise all my emotions and energy into my work. I feel the vacuum of my father, but instead of crying and brooding over it, I channelise the emotions.” No wonder, Adira too understands that mother goes to work. Watch this space for further updates.

Inputs From IANS