We have heard of so many celebrities who stammer. Biggest name in India – Hrithik Roshan. But there are some more – Rowan Atkinson (of the Mr. Bean fame), Ed Ball (British Minister for Labour). I’ve also come across on internet about Dilip Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Kishore Kumar also being prey to the same problem.
I learned about Ed Ball’s stammering woes just recently on TISA blog. Everytime I come across any information about any celebrity or public figure with a stammer, the first thing I rush to do is to catch a video and see him talk (Youtube has always been helpful to me – thanks to google). Everytime I see them talk, I see no trace (not even slightest) of stammer. They talk like they never had a stammer ever! They talk like those fluent people.
As PWS, we know that stammering is not curable. Curable as in – no medical or clinical treatment is available. This implies that it cannot be eliminated completely. What we have to do is, manage our stammer while talking. And we all do it. But however we try, that small trace of stammering (even 1%) always remains. People still notice that speck of disfluency. How then do these stammering “stars” talk in front of the camera as if they never had stammering? How does Ed Ball or Rowan Atkinson speak with no stammering at all? How can Hrithik Roshan deliver a very fast dialog delivery ( movies like Kabhi khushi kabhi gham, Koi mil gaya ), with no disfluency at all? What do these celebrities do differently that we do not?
I am sure many PWS have the same question. How can these celebrities talk as if they have completely eliminated their stammer?