“Mujhe Tourette’s Syndrome hai,” explains a cheerful Rani, at a rather hostile job interview.
The trailer of Rani Mukerji’s Hichki dropped a while ago, and it’s definitely going to leave an impression on anyone who watches it. The trailer introduces us to Naina Mathur, a young woman in Mumbai whose dream, is to teach. What’s holding her back, you ask? Nothing.
But her persistent tic, that’s a part of Tourette’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder, holds a lot of people back from hiring her.
The trailer establishes the basic premise of the story: a teacher with a neuropsychiatric condition assigned to underprivileged students, studying in a school that otherwise caters to the privileged elite.
Even those not convinced by the trailer of the film must admit that it raises an issue not many care to learn about.
The teachers of her school seem pretty ignorant of the implications of Tourette’s, and we figured they are probably not the only ones.
So for those of you just as confused, here goes:
- Tourette’s Syndrome is named after French doctor Georges Albert Édouard Brutus Gilles de la Tourette, who discovered nine patients in 1884 with similar symptoms
- Tourette’s causes people suffering from it to make sudden movements, called tics, the actions vary from person to person
- Largely considered genetic, Tourette’s is linked to the base of the forebrain, a part called basal ganglia, which controls body movements
- There are motor tics (sudden body movements) and vocal tics (high-pitched involuntary noises)
- While mild tics are rarely noticeable, the severe ones can be embarrassing and can often affect a person’s social life.
- Tourette’s syndrome may or may not lead to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, can also become an issue
While it is too soon to decide the fate of Hichki based on just one trailer, one thing is for sure: tonight, quite a few people are going to Google and learn about Tourette’s Syndrome. And for that alone, we’d give the trailer a thumbs up.
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