Rani Mukerji: I have faced Hichkis due to my height and voice

Rani Mukerji

After giving a hard-hitting performance in MARDAANI (2014) as Shivani Shivaji Roy, power house performer Rani Mukerji is back after four years with yet another sensitive film HICHKI where she will be playing a teacher having a Tourette syndrome.

The film portrays the protagonist’s struggle to change her shortcomings into her strength and when asked about what all Hichkis (hiccups) she faced in real life the actress frankly replied, “I think obviously my height and my voice but then luckily I had Aamir opposite me (smiles). Then I even worked with Abhishek Bachchan, there my height became an issue but later it was said it’s nice that I am short because then people suddenly compared our pairing with his parents’- Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan. So it kind of worked but if I had come in an era of only tall heroes then it would have been a problem but I came in an era where we had Salman, Aamir, Shah Rukh and I looked pretty good with them considering my short height.

She further continued, “Then obviously my voice was an issue. In GHULAM Aamir, Mukesh ji and Vikram sir thought that my voice was not as shrill as the heroines of that time because my voice was quiet different so they dubbed it in the film because they didn’t think that my voice suited. Then KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI happened, I remember Karan coming up to me and he showed a lot of grace and asked me, “Rani why was your voice dubbed in GHULAM?” I said I don’t know Karan I guess the makers thought my voice was not correct for that character so then he asked me did I dubb for my first film I said yes of course then he said, “Okay then even in KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI you will dub for it.” I had no problem with that. I dubbed my voice for KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI (KKHH) because that was such a big film in different terms. I remember Aamir calling me after watching KKHH and he said, “Babes we did a mistake yaar your voice is really cool” (smiles). So the thing is that in life these things will happen but sometimes you will have to believe in yourself and today my voice has become my identity!”

When asked after being in the industry for so long does she still faces any hurdles and pat comes the reply, “With my height I have closed that hurdle because you need to be tall with your achievements and not by your physical height and that’s something I have always worked towards.”

She further spoke about how she overcame another Hichki which was her stammering by working on it and how people tend to quickly write you off when your one film fails, she adds, “In my career of 22 years there have been many times where everyone said you are finished when my films failed but then my audience said no she is not finished and we want her back so it is the love that my audience has had for me which has kept me going in spite of everything. So every time I have been written off I have always bounced back with a sweet sensitive film.”

Directed by Sidharth P Malhotra, HICHKI is an adaptation of Hollywood film FRONT OF THE CLASS (2008), which itself was based on the book, Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen. The film will hit the silver screens on March 23.