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Brad Cohen helped Rani Mukerji to understand 'Hichki' character

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

had interactive sessions with Brad Cohen, on whose autobiography her "Hichki" is based, to learn about the

Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra, "Hichki" features Rani as an named who suffers from Tourrete syndrome.

The is based Cohen's autobiography "Front of the Class : How Made Me the I Never Had".

Rani's story in the mirrors the life of Cohen, a respected and popular motivational from the

Malhotra said that he had been in constant touch with the regarding the movie for five years and narrated the project to Rani in 2016.

"... I've been tic-ing throughout those 5 years in his voice and giving those narrations. So when I narrated the script to her I narrated it with the tics.. Even to Adi and Maneesh I narrated it with the tics. So we knew that's a tough one to come around. So made her meet some people with Tourettes," he said.

He said Rani had few interaction with people who suffered from the syndrome and even had interactions with Cohen via to understand the character better.

"Brad almost did one week to two weeks of back and forth communications with Rani and almost for an hour each session... Showed her how he gets excited to the fact that he tics it every 2 or 3 seconds and the fact that he tries to calm himself down.

"So after understanding what Brad could do she internalised Brad within her system. And that's when she came up with her own tics and that is how she became Brad. That's when she came back, she called me and said this is what I'm planning to do. We improvised a bit, read a few lines, a few scenes with the tics," Malhotra said.

Cohen will also be promoting the film from the US.

"Brad will be promoting 'Hichki' from US. He has been excited about the film being made in Hindi and his best wishes are with Rani and the entire team. Brad loves the trailer of 'Hichki' and wants to lend his support to spread awareness around in and the world over. He will be promoting the movie in every capacity possible," a source from the production house said.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 13:20 IST