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Comments  Comments [ 1 ]    By Indra D. | 14 September 2007 | 1:36pm

Hindi is officially the National Language of our country, and September 14 is recognized as Hindi Diwas. Let's find out whether tinsel-town is aware of such a day, or even considers the language important.

Feroz Abbas Mustan

Q.: Do you know that 14th September is known as Hindi Diwas?
A.: Yes, I know.

Q.: Bollywood depends on Hindi to communicate, but what else is the importance of the language in the industry?
A.: Look, I am more a theater personality than a Bollywood celebrity. So, I'm afraid, I can't respond to your question.

Q.: Don't you think Bollywood depends more on English, despite Hindi being its basic language?
A.: I have seen from the very beginning that the industrywallahs are blamed because they earn their livelihood in Hindi, but prefer to speak in English at award ceremonies. May be they feel comfortable speaking in that language. This question does not make sense.

Q.: What do you think about Hindi Diwas?
A.: I actually look at it from various viewpoints. We have several languages in our country and giving priority to a single language is simply controversial. At the same time, we have accepted Hindi as our mother tongue for years and confining it to a single day of appreciation is wrong. Like Father's Day or Mother's Day. Do we remember our parents just a single day in the year? No, right? Then why should we appreciate our language only for a day?

Manoj Vajpayee (Actor):

Manoj BajpaiQ.: Do you know that 14th September is known as Hindi Diwas?
A.: Yeah, of course.

Q.: Bollywood depends on Hindi to communicate, but what else is the importance of the language in the industry?
A.: It's true that the whole industry is dependant on Hindi, and we cannot ignore the fact that the language is getting what it deserves in many places.

Q.: Don't you think Bollywood depends more on English, despite Hindi being its basic language?
A.: If they are more attracted to English, then we cannot force them to speak in Hindi. Maybe they feel more comfortable speaking in English because most of them have studied abroad. They can speak in any language they want, but they should not underestimate Hindi, or the people speaking in Hindi.

Q.: What do you think about Hindi Diwas?
A.: Hindi has not received the appreciation it deserves. I would like to use this day to spread the knowledge of the language, and I think we should think more such provisions in favour of the language. I think the situation will remain the same unless we reduce the pressure on people to speak in English. It has become a custom to underestimate Hindi and people speaking in that language. We must make people believe that it's our language. At the same time I would like to request our government not to restrict the promotion of the language only on paper. They can think of processes to involve the language in our daily lives.

Bhavna Talwar (Director):

Bhavna TalwarQ.: Do you know that 14th September is known as Hindi Diwas?
A.: No.

Q.: Bollywood depends on Hindi to communicate, but what else is the importance of the language in the industry?
A.: I think it's because of Bollywood that Hindi has become popular. Let me share something with you. During the making of 'Dharm', we used a lot of clichés to make the dialogues sound better. That was when I realized that there are so many words in Hindi that we still don't know. Many city dwellers even don't know about the treasure trove of Hindi literature.

Q.: Don't you think Bollywood depends more on English, despite Hindi being its basic language?
A.: I don't think so. As I already mentioned, Bollywood has given the best recognition to Hindi. If you blame the entire industry based on the behaviour of a handful of people, then this question is not justified.

Q.: What do you think about Hindi Diwas?
A.: It would be wrong to restrict the appreciation of the language to one single day. We must be as proud of our language, as other countrymen are of theirs. We will feel appreciate the language only when we understand its importance.

Shefali Shah (Actress):

Shefali ChayyaQ.: Do you know that 14th September is known as Hindi Diwas?
A.: No.

Q.: Bollywood depends on Hindi to communicate, but what else is the importance of the language in the industry?
A.: Both I and my husband are in Bollywood, so, we have a totally Hindi environment at home. The first word that our son – Aaryaman – uttered was in Hindi. We all were so awestruck. Since my childhood, I never gave any language a priority. My father was south Indian. My Grandma was Marathi and my husband is Gujarati.

Q.: Don't you think Bollywood depends more on English, despite Hindi being its basic language?
A.: I think Hindi and Bollywood are interdependent. It's true that English is preferred in Bollywood, but there are reasons for that. You use a fewer words to communicate something in English, than you would in Hindi. It is a matter of convenience. Some people force the language into their daily lives, and that is wrong.

Q.: What do you think about Hindi Diwas?
A.: Hindi is not only our mother tongue but it also our identity. It plays an important role in building our character. Films are made in Hindi, even though most people in the industry prefer speaking in English. There are many languages in India, but our uniqueness depends on one language - Hindi. We may have to depend on English to carry out business, but that is a separate issue. As far as the day is concerned I don't think that announcing such a day can leave any more impact on the language than there already is.

-Rajnee Gupta (SAMPURN)

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