India, March 21 -- The tone of remorse is quite unmissable as Rani Mukerji says birthdays would never be the same, with her father [late Ram Mukherjee] not being around. As the actor rings in her 42nd birthday, today, she's also set to complete 25 years in the industry, later this year, calling for double celebrations. Considering how short the shelf life of Bollywood female actors is, Mukerji's successful and relevant run is no mean feat.

"At this stage, I want to be clear as to what's driving me to do a film. What's the reason I choose to do a certain film. Is it because I just want to be part of a project or really want to tell that story. That's why a lot of my heart and soul went into the Mardaani films and Hichki," says Rani. Excerpt...