Focussing on Reality

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Dec 2017 10:33:08


 

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.


Rani Mukerji also says a female actor’s calibre and box office worth should not be determined by her marital status. Rani, 39, who gave critical and commercial success Mardaani post her marriage to Aditya Chopra.
The actor believes, for a secure future of married female actors, mindset of the society needs to change.


“... Times are changing. In the West, there has never been any discrimination. They don’t have any hichki (hiccups). Yes, over here we do have that... And it’ll go away if we work on it. It is in everybody’s mindset,” Rani said.


“If you see an actor and go watch her film without tagging her as a ‘woman who is married or has a kid’, you will just see the character and the actress who is playing it. But if you’re going to judge the actor on the basis of what’s going on in her personal life, these things will keep coming up. You have to come to the theatre sans these (hiccups). You have to see the actor for what is her worth in the cinema hall,” she added.


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.