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Meet the rela inspiration behind Rani Mukerjee's Hichki

by Vibhuti Gupta, Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fans of Rani Mukerjee are eagerly waiting for the actress to make a comeback on the silver screen. Rani will portray the role of Naina Mathur, a teacher with Tourette syndrome, in Siddharth P Malhotra’s next project Hichki. “I was born to be a teacher,” Mathur says in the trailer, in between smiles and involuntary tics caused by her neurological condition. 


The film is slated to release on March 23, 2018 


The movie is based on a real-life success story. Hichki is an adaptation of motivational speaker and teacher Brad Cohen’s Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had. The 2005 memoir was adapted into a television movie of the same name in 2008.


“I tried to live life like everyone else,” Brad Cohen said in a Skype interaction from his residence in the United States of America at a press event on Monday. “Ultimately I had a dream that I wanted to become a teacher, despite the fact that I had a medical condition. It means a lot that I am able to share my message of hope. Just because people are different and someone may have a disability, it does not mean that they cannot follow their dreams. I never let Tourette syndrome define who I was. I am really glad that you guys in India decided to make a film on my life.”


The makers announced that a special screening of Hichki will be arranged for Cohen soon after the film’s release.


Cohen started experiencing tics when he was 10 years old, and was diagnosed with severe Tourette syndrome. Growing up as an outcast among discouraging teachers and ignorant peers, Cohen always yearned for a teacher who could understand him, he said at the event organised by producer Yash Raj Films.


Cohen, became a teacher after numerous rejections and continued efforts, picked empathy and patience as the two best qualities to have in his profession. Malhotra acquired the rights to make Front of the Class as a Hindi movie in 2013. The screenplay of Hichki has been worked over by Malhotra, Ankur Chaudhry, Ambar Hadap and Ganesh Pandit.


Cohen appreciated the film’s trailer, and added that he was aware of Mukerji’s work. He applauded her depiction of a deaf-mute person in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black (2005).

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