Rani Mukerji: Basic duty of humans is to help each others, irrespective of our chosen careers
As a celebrity with over two decades of experience in the world of Indian showbiz, Rani has also immersed herself in philanthropic works
Bringing about social change is the onus of every citizen of the world and not just of a handful of those who are in powerful positions, says actress Rani Mukerji, whose films Black and Hichki have been instrumental in transforming people's outlook towards those with special needs.
As a celebrity with over two decades of experience in the world of Indian showbiz, Rani has also immersed herself in philanthropic works. While she finds it gratifying, she feels this is not something for actors or businessmen to do alone.
"I think what's important is that apart from the careers we choose, it is our basic duty as human beings to be able to help other human beings or help in a cause because that's what makes us truly citizens of the world," opines Rani.
Her film Hichki, in which she plays a woman with Tourette Sydrome has been widely lauded for spreading awareness on a little known nervous system disorder involving repetitive movements or unwanted sounds, with an entertaining and emotional story at its core.
At the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), Rani was awarded the Best Actress for her role in the film. She feels when a film like this wins an award, it helps in pushing the awareness it sets out to spread.
When Hichki had released, Rani said she won't take long gaps if the movie works. Sticking true to her promise, the Hum Tum-actor says, "I will be doing projects, and you will be getting to hear about them soon."
Clarifying if her next project will also be an issue-based film, Rani says, "Let's see... I don't want to say much. So wait for the announcement."
Rani, who is glad about breaking the cliche around actors who became mothers, says it was her husband and filmmaker Aditya Chopra who pushed her to work.
Talking about a possible project with Aditya, Rani says, "I think there are some things that we should just leave for later. Probably Adira(her daughter) will make that phenomenon happen. I guess, all in time."