Rani Mukerji’s film Hichki is inspired by a real life teacher with Tourette syndrome

Bollywood actor Rani Mukerji’s film Hichki is all ready for a release on 23 March.

Rani plays the role of a teacher Naina Mathur, who has Tourette syndrome.

The film is based on the life of an American teacher named Brad Cohen, who also has Tourette syndrome.

Cohen is a motivational speaker and teacher. He is also the author of, ‘Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had’.

His book has been made into a movie already. Rani’s film is another attempt at making the story known to an Indian audience.

Recently Cohen spoke to the Indian media thorough Skype and shared his experiences and thoughts.

He spoke about the need for inclusion and acceptance for people even when they seem different.

Tourette Syndrome is a neurological condition.

The disorder results in muscular tics-both motor tics and at least one vocal tic.

The person with Tourette is not able to control certain jerky motions of their limbs and voices coming from their voice box.

Some common tics are eye blinking, coughing, throat clearing, sniffing, and facial movements.

The disorder has no effect on the intelligence or brain development of the person.

Most people with Tourette have to face discrimination due to lack of awareness about the disorder.

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