Rani Mukerji’s Hichki: An Inspiring Portrayal of Tourette Syndrome
The trailer of Rani Mukherji’s new movie, HICHKI, is unique, inspiring, and funny. In Hichki, Rani plays Naina Mathur, a girl who believes that she was born to be a teacher, despite a neurological disorder, Tourette syndrome. Due to this disorder, she has a speech defect, where she makes an involuntary chuck-chuck sound every time she speaks, which people around her find funny.
She is seen as an oddball in school, and as a result the administration, refuses to hire her. After finally being able to convince the administration, Naina is given a class of 14 students, who are as “eccentric” and “odd” as her. These 14 students belong to a lower income group and are enrolled in an elite school, due to “Right to Education” act.
Hichki, is apparently inspired by a Hollywood Film, Front of the Class, which is based on Brad Cohen’s book, Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had. The premise of the film hichki is very similar to Front of the Class, where the protagonist suffers from Tourette’s syndrome, and emerges as a gifted teacher, after fighting all odds. Where Brad Cohen’s film revolves around personal struggles of the protagonist, Hichki is more about how Naina puts up with a bunch of underprivileged kids, teaches them, and struggles to improve their reputation in the school. Despite her disability, she is portrayed as fighter, who strives to achieve what she believes in.
The movie releases in February 2018. Whether the film becomes a blockbuster or not, remains to be seen, but the trailer does look promising and has left majority of us impressed. We are excited to see how this sensitive portrayal of the marginalized is received by the audience and the critics.