Today's actors are pampered: Rani Mukherjee

Fresh off the promotions of her recent film, Hichkee, Rani is back in the game!

She refuses a cup of tea because she wants to wrap up the interviews quickly and go back to her daughter, Adira.

"I always pick the afternoon slot because she sleeps at this time. I take advantage of it by doing my work (at that time) and then going back," she says.

Rani talks about Hichki, her first film after Adira was born, and, of course, the mystery man in her life.

From a student in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Black to a teacher in Hichki.

I started my career at 16. I will be 40 (on March 21).

It's been a journey where I have actually grown up in this film industry... whatever I have learnt, my experiences are wonderful.

Of course, there have been ups and downs, but that also teaches you a lot.

My choice of films has changed with the way I have grown up.

Each phase in my life -- my teenage years or my 20s, my late 20s, my early 30s, my late 30s -- have been a part of my journey in the movie business.

Every time I have chosen a role, it has connected to me at that point in my life.

Today, the point of life in which I am, Hichki has been a very special film that connected with my soul.

I would like to give this message to India, or tell the world that this is the kind of movies India is churning out.

Hichki is about overcoming one's weakness and turning it into a strength.

It also talks about the education system in our country and the discrimination that people face in society when they have a weakness.

It talks about how students from different economic backgrounds are treated in school.

The film has a lot of layers.

When I was young, I had a stammering issue.

Had someone taken that as a weakness of mine, and if I had made it a strong weakness, I wouldn't have been an actor.

A few questions about the way she's come about in acting: 

While filming, did it take you back to when you used to stammer?

I think God tests us at different times in our lives. And we have to emerge winners because the life God has given us is too special.

When I met dumb, deaf and blind people during my research for Black, I thanked God every day.

You suddenly feel so blessed that you can see, talk and walk without anybody's help. You become more humble as a human being.

When people ask me how I have survived in the industry without being on social media, I find it funny.

It's not important to my life or me.

Everything boils down to this: Was Rani Mukerji good in the film or not?

That is my work, my job and my profession.

I treat this (interview) as a meet and greet so that I get some pointers from you; I get to learn what people are thinking about.

I still consider journalists as a medium between my fans and me.

How important is formal education for actors?

Formal education, if you are talking about academics, I don't see how that will help actors. But our actors do need acting classes.