Ayushmann Khurrana who had to learn Marathi for Vibhu Puri's Bambai Fairytale is on to a different tongue-trip now. He is getting a hang of the Bhojpuri of his naïve-as-hell character from Hardwar in Sharat Katariya's Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
Says a source associated with the project, "The film is being shot in Hardwar. Ayushmann plays a simpleton named Prem. But this Prem is nothing like Salman Khan's Prem in Sooraj Barajatya's films. He is modelled on Raj Kapoor in Sri 420. He is naïve and lacks worldly wisdom to the point of being a social misfit. The role of his very clever wife is being played by newcomer Bhumi Pednekar."
Adds Ayushmann who is trying to pick up the nuances of the language, "It is a film set in Western UP. It's a mix of Khadi Boli and Bhojpuri."
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Mind your language
Many actors have gone through some amazing physical transformation to get under the skin of their character. While slugging it out in the gym may take physical effort, it takes a lot of hard work to get the dialect of a particular character correct. So hiring a tutor is what most actors do to add some punch to their lines. Here are some actors who took language lessons...
Ranveer Singh: Like Ayushmann, he too has learned more than one language for his roles. After learning Gujarati for Ram Leela, Ranveer will now be hiring a Marathi tutor for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani. If Ranveer keeps working with Bhansali, he'll surely learn a few more languages along the way.
Vir Das: Vir learned to speak Punjabi for his comic caper Santa Banta in which the actor dons a beard and turban to play Sikh alongside Boman Irani. Boman, who has played similar characters, obviously didn't have to take language lesson, but Vir had to learn the language from scratch. The actor admitted that it was a lot of hard work. Guess the funnyman didn't find that funny.
Farhan Akhtar: Apart from spending long hours in gym, Farhan, who played Milkha Singh, in Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, had to speak chaste Punjabi. And to master the language, he took lessons from lyricist Gulzar. The multi-lingual actor, also won multiple awards for the performance in the film. Now that's a win-win situation, right?
Vidya Balan: This South Indian actress had to play a loud-mouth Punjabi housewife in Ghanchakkar. Now though Vidya is married to Siddharth Roy Kapur, who is Punjabi, didn't get much help from her husband. That probably was because she had to learn abuses for her part.
Imran Khan: Continuing the cultural exchange, Imran decided to hire a language coach to teach him Hariyanvi for his role in Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. Though the movie tanked at the box office, at least Imran managed to learn a thing or two from this experience.
Sushant Singh Rajput: To get under the skin of his character as Byomkesh Bakshi, Sushant did not only spend time in Kolkata, but also learned Bengali. Apparently, Yash Raj Films hired a teacher to help him learn the language. Post SRK, Mamta Banerjee can sure think about getting Sushant to promote tourism in Bengal.