'It Was A Struggle, Have Now Accepted Myself As A Slow Speaker': Hrithik Roshan Opens Up About His Speech Issues

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'I have now accepted myself as a slow speaker,' Hrithik Roshan opens up about his speech issue, gets approached by TISA

Written By Chetna Kapoor | Mumbai | Updated On:

The Indian Stammering Association (TISA) has approached the 'Kaabil' actor to become their brand ambassador. On March 15, nine members from TISA met the actor at his residence to discuss the same.

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From the life struggles to battling speech issues, Hrithik Roshan shared insights as the actor has battled the same. Time and again, Hrithik Roshan has advocated against the social stigma towards people with disabilities.

Hrithik Roshan who now delivers his punchlines with such ease on-screen has bravely addressed his struggles with stammering, admitting that he could only fulfill his acting aspirations by undergoing speech therapy.

The actor revealed how he’d stand in front of the mirror and talk, recording his voice and even learning how to sing.  “I’d practice every day to overcome the speech issue, I still do for an hour at least so that I can control the secondary actions like twitching and all. The unacceptability to stammering was not only bothersome in my childhood but also prevailed till 2012, long after I had become a film star.”

Hrithik also revealed that in the early years of his career, he had to let go of many scripts with long monologues because he wasn’t confident of carrying them off. Hrithik also recalled going to Dubai to accept an award. Back then, he was struggling to say the word ‘Dubai’ and practiced his acceptance speech repeatedly before delivering it flawlessly.

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“I have now accepted myself as a slow speaker, I have to go through the sentences for a fraction of a second in my mind before saying them aloud. For a long period, it was a struggle for me to accept this, but now I am fine with it,” he acknowledged, saying the breakthrough came with the Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in 2012 which set him free. But he still needs practice.

The TISA members gave him badges and hand bands while Hrithik voluntarily offered his support to all activities of the body henceforth, saying he’s looking forward to more such interactions. “Stammering is an underrated challenge because its gravity isn’t discussed much, it is grave because it is related to your confidence as a human being,” he asserted.

On the work front, Hrithik Roshan's upcoming next 'Super 30' will hit the theatres on 26th July 2019.

 

 

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