Is desh mein angrezi zabaan nahi hai, class hai… When late actor Irrfan Khan spoke this dialogue in the movie Hindi Medium, it conveyed a lot. Knowledge is knowledge minus the medium we are taught in — a much-needed message for people who look down upon Hindi as a language! Despite being exposed to digital content across the world, we still connect to television, Indian web series and Bollywood. On Hindi Diwas today, celebs reveal their favourite writers and dialogues from films.
Young writers rock
Pankaj Tripathi, B-town actor
Versatile actor Pankaj Tripathi hails from a region that is known as the Hindi-speaking belt of India and his dialogues are laced with emotions that Indians can relate to. From Mirzapur’s Kaleen bhaiya to Guru ji of Sacred Games, Pankaj’s Tripathi’s body of work is commendable. He says, “I am focusing on new Hindi writers and enjoying reading them. Writers like Satya Vyas, Pravin Kumar and Anurag Pathak are doing well. The book that I finished last week was Twelfth Fail by Anurag Pathak. While reading it I felt as if I was reading my own story. It is based on true events and is the story of Manoj Kumar, who is a serving IPS of Maharashtra cadre. It is about how he became an officer even after failing in class twelfth! I too was not that good at academics and related to the story at various levels. I recommend it to all as it will motivate you. Apart from that, I am reading Chhabila Rangbaaz Ka Shahar by Pravin Kumar.”
While Phanishwar Nath ‘Renu’ and Shrilal Shukla were on top of his mind as far as Hindi authors were concerned, Pankaj admired Dushyant Kumar’s poetry as well.
Gulzar above all
Himansh Kohli, telly actor
“I have always been a fan of Gulzar sahab and his work. It is not just words that he writes, but pure feelings. My favourite Hindi dialogue by him is from Rajesh Khanna-starrer Bawarchi: ‘Kisi badi khushi ke intezaar mein, hum ye choti-choti khushiyon ke mauke kho date hain’. I feel as Indians, no matter how much we know or talk in English, the real feelings and emotions come out only when we talk in Hindi.”
Aniruddh Dave, telly actor
“A lot of importance has been given to dialogues in Hindi movies; there used to be such impactful one-liners during the olden times. In my opinion, there’s no specific dialogue that I can pick and do justice to the language. Hindi, when spoken in a clean manner, is always beautiful. The alankar in Hindi language is a kind of an ornament, which makes it so beautiful. I have been studying Hindi for a long time and love reading different kinds of sentence formations as well as dialogues. When you can use synonyms in Hindi, it fills you with pride.”
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