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Director Siddharth P Malhotra shares memories of Hichki on second anniversary

Filmmaker Malhotra thanked his lead actress Rani Mukerji and his crew.

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As Siddharth P Malhotra’s Hichki (2018) completes two years today, the filmmaker shared a social media post about the film’s journey from a dream to its release on the big screen.

The drama, starring Rani Mukerji, told the story of Naina, a schoolteacher with Tourette’s syndrome, who transforms a class of undervalued, forgotten students.

On Instagram, Malhotra thanked everyone who worked on the film, beginning from producer Aditya Chopra to cinematographer Avinash Arun, the cast led by Mukerji and all the technicians.


#2yearsofHichki a film that was my dream became everyone’s who worked on it to make it what it did. Thank u Raaj Mehta my maama for giving me this subject always grateful. Thank u Brad Cohen for inspiring all of us. Your our hero. Thank u my Dhruv Tara #adityachopra your faith in me when no one did can never be forgotten and I will always be indebted. #maneeshsharma to hold me thru and thru and let me tell this story by giving me the best for the film. @avinasharun24fps my DOP and soul connect blessed to have u in my life. @shanoosharmarahihai ur casting gave me the soul of the film9f love u.. Varsha Shilpa, Meenal,Shweta,Pritam dada, Ganesh Ambar and Ankur whose contribution is immense. Jasleen for the amazing music - The theme is still played in every reality show and it’s still on my daily playlist. Thank u all my actors my team 9 F and 9 A, Sachin uncle and Supriya aunty, my little Naina ( Naisha) Neeraj sir thank u for mr Wadia will always be grateful. Shiv sir, my brother Husain who played ranis brother and agreed to this small but important part in one call. Thanks for the faith and above all thank u #ranimukherjee we saw the same film and your faith and infectious energy truly made this film a journey we all will look back and have happy memories of all thanks to you ❤️🤗. If I’ve missed anyone I thank u from the heart . My entire team at yrf, the pr team , design cell, post guys, my cafe guys everyone who empowered me and all of us to tell his story. Hope we can bring many more memorable stories to u time and again !!! @yrf @yrfmusic

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According to the director, he had a tough time making the film as it lacked financial viability, given that his previous work We Are Family (2010) had not done particularly well.

“No actor or studio was ready to consider this film until Rani and YRF [Yash Raj Films] flew in like angels,” he shared.

“Rani is one of the coolest people to work with. I cannot imagine Hichki turning out the way it did with anyone else as Naina,” he added.