Hichki, the film that made Indians aware of Tourette syndrome, has bagged the Gryphon Award for the Best Film at a kids’ festival in Italy. The 49th edition of Giffoni Film Festival showcased Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji‘s best performance in the film that has resonated with audiences worldwide.
This is a festival with a difference, at the festival children voted Hichki as the Best Film. The film tells the journey of a teacher who suffered from Tourette syndrome, overcoming odds and finding success. “Hichki is truly a universal film that has resonated with audiences across the world. The fact that children have voted Hichki as the Best Film of the festival just goes to show that the film’s story of overcoming odds and finding your own success is relevant to cinema lovers even in this age group,” talking about winning at Giffoni Film Festival, Maneesh Sharma, the film’s producer, said, NDTV reported.
The film festival gives kids range between the ages of 10 to 12 years a chance to vote for their favorite film. Over 1,500 children voted, and Hichki won the top honour
Seven feature films were chosen among nations like China, Germany, Sweden, Australia and the Netherlands in the Elements + 10 category and Hichki won the top honour.
Hichki is a progressive movie with a heart-warming message of owning life, beating stereotypes. It features Rani as a determined school teacher who takes charge and changes the lives of innocent students from economically backward strata, while she deals with her own nervous system disorder — Tourette syndrome.
This film had earned Rs 250 crores, and was Rani’s comeback movie after becoming a mother. She gave birth to a daughter named Adira
Rani will be next seen in Mardaani 2 which is a sequel to 2014 release Mardaani. Mardaani focused on the issue of child trafficking in India and while talking about the sequel, Rani had said a few days ago, “In Hichki, they (audience) came to know about the symptoms of Tourette which not many people knew in India. With Mardaani we got to tell people how the menace of child trafficking exists in our lives even though we don’t want to see it but it is rampant around us. In Mardaani 2, we will again tackle a subject that will be shocking; it will show something very real, very alarming to audiences and make them aware of what’s happening in and around our lives.”
Directed by Gopi Puthran, Mardaani 2 is set to release in November this year.
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