December 3 is observed as World Disability Day. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. In the movies, Rani Mukerji is one of the few actors who played challenging roles like a specially-abled girl Michelle McNally in Black and a teacher who has a Tourette Syndrome in Hichki.
On World Disability Day, Rani spoke at length about the need to be an inclusive, empowering society for all Indians. The actor stated, “I learnt a lot about humanity by doing these outstanding, sensitive films like Black and Hichki. I think these films contributed to making me a better human being and I’m fortunate that I got to do these films and be a part of such beautiful cinematic visions of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Siddharth P Malhotra. I hope these films managed to spark the right conversations in society about the need to treat everyone as equal.”
Rani also shared how these characters made her a stronger human being. The actor said, “I learnt about the resolve of people who are determined to triumph despite all odds stacked up against them, their dreams, their aspirations and essaying these powerful girls on screen, made me a stronger human being. I’m grateful that I can talk, see, hear and I realized that, as human beings, we might be taking these things for granted.”
The Mardaani actor concluded by talking about the stereotyping of humans because of their handicap should stop once for all. Rani added, “For me, Black and Hichki were emotional experiences that opened my eyes more towards inclusivity for all, kindness and gratitude for what we have. As citizens of this country, we must all do our bit to constantly bring conversations about inclusivity and equality to the fore. Every citizen has rights and I realized that there is a lot of work that we all need to put in, individually, to stop discrimination and stereotyping of individuals like those I have portrayed in Black and Hichki.”