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Rani Mukerji attends the trailer launch of her film "Hichki" in which she plays a role of a teacher who suffers from Turret syndrome

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  • Rani Mukerji attended the trailer launch of her upcoming film “Hichki”
  • Rani talks about the Turrets syndrome portrayed in the film
  • Rani tells how she coped up with her stammering habit in childhood

Mumbai, Dec 19, 2017: Actress Rani Mukerji, who attended the trailer launch of her upcoming film “Hichki” on Tuesday, says that “speech impairment” is not a subject but a reality that most people live with in real life.

When asked if talking about the speech impairment issue with the movie will help bring awareness, she said: “First of all, I would like to say this isn’t a subject but a part of many lives.”

“The people who suffer from the syndrome are challenged in every part of their lives. During research for the role, I met many kids who suffered from it and their parents, they haven’t been able to come out properly in India.

“If you look at America, where there are stand up comedians, who step forward and took their ‘turrets’ in their act, in their comic format. So now when we start talking about it in India, I am sure lot more people will come forward and talk about their experience,” added Rani.

Rani Mukerji also informed that her performance in the movie also comes from a very personal space as she used to stammer in her childhood.

“I used to stammer when I was a kid and my mom was also facing the same thing. My elder brother still does. I have overcome the issue a lot because as an actress I have to say many dialogues, express many emotions and stammering usually takes place and is highly noticeable when you are emotionally affected,” she said.

“I had to control it a lot and work a lot on it but the good thing is, if you can overcome it you can make your weakness your strength,” added Rani.

“Hichki” traces the journey of a teacher who suffers from Turrets syndrome. Students make fun of the side-effects of her disease and schools do not agree to hire her.

Finally, she gets admitted to one of the schools but has to deal with a set of municipal students who no one wants to teach.

When asked if there were any other films offered to her after “Mardaani”, she said: “I don’t remember as such but after pregnancy when I decided and said that I want to do a film, I was offered ‘Hichki’.”

“Hichki” is directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma under the banner of Yash Raj Films.

The film celebrates self-belief, the resilience of human spirit and hope. The film is about turning disadvantages into opportunities and staring down at challenges and ultimately winning over them.

It is slated for a February 23, 2018 release (IANS)

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Brad Cohen applauds ‘Hichki’ team

The movie is about Naina Mathur, who has a nervous system disorder, Tourette Syndrome, that forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds

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Rani Mukherji's Hichki is definitely a must-watch. Wikimedia Commons

American motivational speaker and educator Brad Cohen says director Siddharth P. Malhotra and actress Rani Mukerji have done a great job in “Hichki”.

Cohen’s book “Front of The Class” — detailing how Tourette Syndrome made him the teacher, has inspired the project by Yash Raj Films (YRF). The production banner organised a screening for Cohen in Atlanta on Friday.

Hichki marks the much-awaited comeback of Rani Mukherji
Hichki has been a[[reciated by everyone. Wikimedia Commons
The movie is about Naina Mathur, who has a nervous system disorder, Tourette Syndrome, that forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds. The film’s narrative focuses on turning disadvantages into opportunities.

“Sid (Sidharth)……Amazing! Phenomenal! You did such a nice job on ‘Hichki’. I had a chance to watch it with over 100 family, friends and fellow educators. Everyone loved it,” Cohen said in a statement to IANS.

Also Read: ‘Hichki’: An emotionally inspiring film

“You should have heard the buzz of conversation after the movie. For now just know that I appreciate your perseverance and dedication to share my story and help inspire others across the world. Rani was great! She’s the real deal. I can’t wait to talk to her and you about it. Please give my best to the entire ‘Hichki’ Team,” he added.

On this, Cohen said: “Please thank Yash Raj Film for making the viewing happen. You all feel so far away. I wish you were closer. But for now you all brought a lot of joy to the people closest to me as they had a chance to view ‘Hichki’.” IANS

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