“Mahra naam Kusum Sangwan. Yo mahari saheli Pinky. Main Ramjas College Dilli University main padu su.”
Does this dialogue ring a bell? It was taught to actor Kangana Ranaut for the movie Tanu Weds Manu Returns, by Sunita Sharma who hails from Pipli village, Kurukshetra. “Delhi mein bahut craze hai Haryanvi language ka,” says Sharma, who ensures that the actors she tutors, get the accent right—a fact that many are unaware of.
Her language skills have even impressed actor Aamir Khan and his co-actors, who learnt Haryanvi from her for their upcoming film Dangal— another milestone in Sharma’s life.
“Aamir Khan had asked Kangana about the person who taught her Haryanvi. That’s how I came on board. They already had a language coach yet I was roped in. Aamir sir ne outdoor pe jaane se pehle classes start ki. He especially told me that he would take classes with me. It was a dream come true to accompany sir, where we shot in a village surrounding Ludhiana and in Delhi and Pune. I used to accompany him in his car, even after pack up, as he was particular about practising his lines for the next day in advance,” she says.
Sharma is happy about the fact that there is a different approach to the language in films now. ”“Haryanvi has been used in some film or the other. But woh ek corrupt police officer ke dialogue mein dikha di jaati thi. The language gained popularity in mainstream cinema only recently,” she shares.
Before her stint with teaching Haryanvi to Bollywood bigwigs, Sharma was a dubbing artist and supervised jingles in Punjabi. “The writer gives me the dialogues in Hindi and I then translate them into Haryanvi. I got a break as a Haryanvi tutor in Anand L Rai’s film and shifted to Mumbai in 1994,” she says.
”Haryanvi language is immensely popular in Maharashtra. People try to imitate the actors when they speak this language on big screen. When Kangana spoke Haryanvi, it inspired a lot of people. Recently I was supervising a commercial and the ad-makers added bits of Haryanvi, because of its popularity,” she adds sounding hopeful that Aamir speaking Haryanvi, in his upcoming film, will add to the popularity of the language.
When actors narrate her translated dialogues in the correct diction, her joy knows no bounds. “Jab woh dialogues bol rahe hote hai, toh aise lagta hai jaise ek-ek shabd motiyon se piroya jaa raha ho. Jab kuch wrong ho jata hai, toh mujhe lagta hai, arey kya kar diya. When I visit Haryana now, people say ‘Arey kya kamal kiya beta’. I feel so happy to see so much excitement among people,” she says.
Sharma’s list of students includes television personalities such as Prince Narula and Rytasha Rathore as well.