Arjun’s Hindi point

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Apr 2017 11:39:57

Actor Arjun Kapoor says it is sad that people judge others on the basis of how well they speak English and those who struggle with the language are often made fun of.

Arjun says there are people who will understand Hindi but will respond in English to sound cool.

“In India, if you’re smart but don’t understand English no one gives importance to you. If you can’t speak English then you’re looked at differently... This is the biggest issue in the country. You may understand Hindi but will speak in English to sound cool,” he told reporters here.
The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of Half Girlfriend here. The romantic drama is based on the novel of the same name written by Chetan Bhagat and also stars Shraddha Kapoor.

The novel divulges the sentiments and linguistic struggles of a backward rural Bhojpuri-laced Hindi-speaking boy from Bihar as he enrolls himself at an English-medium college and falls in love with a “high class English-speaking rich Delhi girl”.
Arjun says there are certain actors, who also struggle with this issue but he is thankful to his grandparents for always speaking to him in Hindi.

“People are told that if you speak in English you will sound better. So, a consciousness comes in. People are made fun of, they’re not taken seriously. This has personally bothered me,” he says.

“The youth of today is very fluent in English but you ask them three questions in Hindi and they face a problem. We are actors so we need to learn Hindi, and thankfully my grandparents always spoke to me in Hindi so my Hindi is clean but there are many actors also (who are not fluent in the language),” he adds.

“I feel Hindi is something you need in our country to take it forward. How can you not understand and speak your language ? It’s our mother tongue. But people ignore this issue and hence it is considered small.

“I hope with the film that discussion is reignited that in whatever language you speak, what you say should be understood by the other person,” he adds.
The film, directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Ekta Kapoor, is scheduled to release on May 19.