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Half Girlfriend might start debate on knowing one’s language: Arjun Kapoor

I think after watching the film, people will start talking about the importance of knowing one’s native language over English. In our country, no matter how intelligent you are, if your English language is not fluent, people look down upon you. It is a shame,” Arjun said.

bollywood Updated: Apr 10, 2017 15:14 IST
Arjun Kapoor in a still from Half Girlfriend.
Arjun Kapoor in a still from Half Girlfriend.

Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor has said after his next project, Half Girlfriend, people might start debating on the importance of knowing one’s native language over English.

Arjun and Shraddha at the trailer launch. (Twitter/BalajiMotionPictures)

The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of Hallf Girlfriend, alongwith with director Mohit Suri, writer Chetan Bhagat and co-star Shraddha Kapoor. Arjun further said, “Since the character goes through the trouble of speaking in English language, I think after watching the film, people will start talking about the importance of knowing one’s native language over English. In our country, no matter how intelligent you are, if your English language is not fluent, people look down upon you. It is a shame,” he added.

“Knowing English is good, but why do we feel embarrassed to speak in our native language? Why do people start judging you based on that?,”he said.

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”.

Sharing his experience on this, Bhagat said: “During the launch of the book Half Girlfriend I did a survey and while I asked a girl if she would make a boy her boyfriend if he does not know English, she replied, ‘No way, never’. In a country like India, I felt very strange and at times guilty, as an English language writer.”

Directed by Mohit Suri, produced by Ekta Kapoor, Half Girlfriend will release on May 19.

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