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Big B works with Prakash Jha to improve his Hindi diction
June 27, 2013 12:12:31 PM IST By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Glamsham Editorial
We are not saying it. Big B himself admitted it during the trailer launch of Prakash Jha's latest film SATYAGRAHA that is all set to release on 23 August, 2013. If we believe that Big B is the ultimate authority on Hindi diction in Bollywood, which seems to have perfected the art of making a mincemeat of the national language in its dialogues and lyrics, it's time for correction. Big B also needs some diction lessons and that's one of the reasons he likes working with Prakash Jha.
Big B's love for Hindi is not hidden. He has probably inherited it from his father the late Harivanshrai Bachchan who was such a purist that he even resented the use of Urdu words in Hindi and was a big advocate of its 'Sanskritisation'. He also had a few tiffs with the late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru over this when he worked as a language adviser and speechwriter in the PM's office.
Big B carried the legacy forward and he is one of the rare Hindi cinema actors who prefers to answer Hindi questions in Hindi while the others are more comfortable with English. The obsession of Hindi cinema stars and filmmakers with the English language remains inexplicable. Another example of such obsession could be seen in the poster of SATYAGRAHA. The Hindi title was written in Roman letters and there was not a single 'devnagari' letter in the posters displayed at the launch venue.
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)