Hrithik Roshan who has battled with speech issues from an early age, has recently been appointed as brand ambassador for The Indian Stammering Association (TISA).
Reported on Deccan Chronicle, Roshan who has always been the voice for people stigmatised for having disability, shared his journey to overcome his stammering through speech therapy.
The ‘Kaabil’ (2017) actor who was approached by TISA, met nine of their members from the association yesterday at his residence for a meeting. Roshan revealed the techniques he has applied to help him manage the stammering, “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.” Adding, “The unacceptability to stammering was not only bothersome in my childhood but also prevailed till 2012, long after I had become a film star.”
Now a superstar, Roshan also shared how he had to decline films due to the long monologues because he didn’t feel he could confidently deliver the lines.
“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.” Roshan said he was able to finally move forward and make progress after embarking on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in 2012.
Presented with badges and a wristbands, Roshan has said he will provide voluntary support going forward and is keen on many more interactions with TISA. “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,” said Roshan.