Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji spread her warmth and joy in Dubai on March 19 as she hosted a screening of her new film Hichki to a select group of 100 teachers and students from this region at the Vox Cinemas in the UAE.
The actress, who will soon be seen in the role of a differently-abled teacher Naina Mathur in director Siddharth P Malhotra’s film, got a rousing welcome from her audience.
The admiration wasn’t one-sided as Mukerji lauded the teachers for their noble work and felicitated them.
“Teachers play a very crucial part in our lives. Our goal with this initiative was primarily to recognise and appreciate all the teachers present who have greatly inspired and made a difference to their students,” said Nelson D’Souza, Head Of Operation of Yash Raj Films.
Hichki is based on the autobiography by Brad Cohen titled Front of the Class which was also made into a film in English in 2008.
“Playing a teacher comes with a lot of responsibilities as it’s one of the noblest of professions. And the fact that I was playing a specially-abled teacher comes with another set of challenges. So for me, the only way to understand how to be inclusive towards specially-abled is to treat them as normally as one can. That’s their only want in their lives,” said Mukerji in an interview with Gulf News tabloid! before her visit.
Mukerji’s Hichki releases in the UAE on March 22.