- Rani Mukerji says she has gone through many hiccups in life
- Rani's character has Tourette syndrome in Hichki
- Hichki is presented by Yash Raj Films
In Hichki, Rani plays Naina Mathur, a character with the Tourette syndrome - a condition that forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds. (In Rani's case it's "chuk-chuk-chuk") Without elucidating on the hurdles she has faced, Rani said hiccups can be a learning experience. "We can learn how do we get out of it and how do we come out stronger."
Rani Mukerji is making Bollywood comeback after four years with Hichki, directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma.
This is not the first time Rani will be playing a character with a disability. In 2005, the actress portrayed Michelle McNally, a visually and hearing impaired woman in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black.
Of portraying versatile characters, Rani told IANS: "I think every role is difficult because for every role, I am trying to take Rani Mukerji out and put the character in it. So, whether it is Naina, Michelle or Babli (of Bunty Aur Babli), the role has to be distinct from each other. They can't be the same. I have to put in a lot of thought in every particular character."
For her role as Naina in Hichki, Rani, 39, took help from a person suffering from the Tourette syndrome. "I have someone from whom this character is inspired from so I had someone in front of me who is living this life of having this syndrome and I understand what he went through... These things helped me as an actor to be able to portray the role," IANS quoted Rani as saying.
Hichki is Rani's first film after the birth of her daughter Adira. Rani is married to Aditya Chopra, who heads Yash Raj Films.
(With inputs from IANS)