Hazel learns Urdu
UK-born actor takes classes to improve diction, mentor Salman Khan to help pick her next film, which she hopes will roll by year-endbollywood Updated: Nov 03, 2011 17:21 IST
UK born Indian actor Hazel Keech, who made her Bollywood debut in one of the biggest films of the year, Salman Khan-Kareena Kapoor starrer Bodyguard, is making an attempt to secure her place in the industry.
Recently, she joined Urdu classes to improve her diction and Hindi pronounciation. “I had to learn to read and write in Hindi when I came here. I thought I must learn Urdu too, to clear my diction,” says Hazel, adding, “I am joining the classes next week. It will focus more on speech, because I already know how to write in Hindi and there is not much use of learning to write Urdu.”
Apparently, it was black and white classic films that inspired the actor’s decision. “I watched many old black and white Hindi films. The language is used so nicely, and even in their songs, it’s very well articulated. I watched all of Guru Dutt’s films and some of Dev Anand’s, like Guide (1965). They were so inspiring,” says the 24-year-old, who started her acting career with an appearance in Tamil film, Billa (2007).
She is also one of the protégés of Salman Khan, who gave her a break in Bodyguard, and has been helping her take a call on the kind of projects she should sign next. “There are quite a few offers now, but I am still deciding what to sign. I am still in touch with Salman and take advice from him. I speak to him about the offers I get and he tells me whether I should go for it or not. He is very happy for me. I tell him the story and what my role would be. If he likes it, he asks me to think about it. If he doesn’t, then he discards the idea right away,” says Hazel, confirming, “I am surely going to start a film before this year ends.”
First Published: Nov 03, 2011 11:42 IST