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Hichki - A Lesson In Psychology

On the morning of 26th March, only the psychology students had come to school but not to study psychology but to go and watch a movie, courtesy of Mannat ma'am. The movie selected by the students and Mannat ma'am was Hichki for the purpose of understanding how one's ecological system can impact a person and also to learn about the Tourette’s syndrome.


All of us were a little nervous and worried about how the movie would turn out but were still very cheerful and energetic as we were going with our friends and had ample time to do the thing which we love the most - talk. Our energy levels reached new heights when we got to know that we would be accompanied by Rajni ma'am. After all of us boarded the bus, Rajni ma'am and Mannat maám gave us a few instructions after which they told us to enjoy ourselves which was something much unexpected as we all thought the teachers were there to restrict our talking and mischiefs. After that, within a few minutes we reached PVR sangam, formed a queue and went into the theater.





“What is a man but the sum of his memories, we are the stories we live, the tales we tell ourselves”, and Hichki does the same. Naina Mathur, played by Rani Mukherjee apprizes how her life started as a teacher who got rejected from eighteen schools because of her Tourette's syndrome and how it goes on and makes her the Prinicipal of the school she once studied and then taught in.


She teaches a class of students who once studied in municipal school but got shifted in the Private school as the municipal school was demolished. The students during the start of the movie are shown as mischievous and troublesome who did not let any teacher stay for more than three days. As the movie progresses, Naina changes their laid-back attitude towards life and we realize that they too face problems of their own as well as feel inferior to other students studying in the school.


She helps them deal with their problems with various activities and teaches them in new and intriguing ways, instilling a feeling of excitement towards their subjects. They study hard and pass with flying colours making their teacher proud. Two of her students also become Prefects of the school, something they thought they will only achieve in their wildest dreams.


Let’s look at the Ecological System (by Bronfenbrenner) of Neha Mathur (Teacher with Tourette’s syndrome)


The Model has the following system



First is the Individual in the innermost circle

Microsystem is the Individuals immediate environment and environmental conditions with which the individual interacts on a daily basis.

Mesosystem includes the interconnections and interactions amongst the elements of the Microsystem. (eg: relations of the family with the school) 

Exosystem are the distal systems that impact the individual indirectly. (eg: work transfer of a parent indirectly impacts the child as the child now needs to shift schools, adapt to a new place and so on).

Macrosystem includes the norms, societal and cultural beliefs, laws etc. 


There are a lot of things that everyone took away from the movie, one of the things was indefatigability. Indefatigability or the ability to not get tired is a reason for Naina's success. The movie also brought about the emotional side in all of us as many of us were left teary eyed by the end of the movie. The Movie was fun and also proved to be absolutely advantageous in giving us a break from our normal routine and appreciating the bond between teachers and students as well as in giving them utmost respect for everything they do.


We want to thank the teachers who accompanied us and Mannat maám for initiating the process. Also, it would never have been possible without the support of Madhu maám and Koshi maám. 

Thank you.


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