Actor Naseeruddin Shah addressed how the use of the Urdu language changed over time in Hindi films. He said it has changed for the worst, ‘Ab to behuda alfaaz hote hai.’ He also talked about the fact that movies today “lack substance.” He also expressed his displeasure that films ridicule all communities in India. He said films have not spared Sikhs, Christians and Muslims, among others. (Read also: Amitabh Bachchan’s Granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda Says ‘She Has No Movie Offers So Far’)
Speaking at Jashn-e-Rekhta in 2022, he felt that Urdu language has changed drastically in Hindi movies, and said, “Satyanash hogaya hai. But Hindi film mein kuch bhi kahan behtar huyi hai (It has led to disaster, this has not led to the improvement of our films).”
He continued: “Today we don’t hear Urdu in our films. Earlier, when the censor board certificate was due to come, it had mentioned Urdu as the language. It was because the lyrics and shayaris were in that language, and even the writers came from Farsi (Persian) theatre. That change can be seen today, no Urdu word is used. Ab to behuda alfaaz hote hai (Now they use nonsense words that make no sense). No one even cares about the title of the movie since most of them are from old songs.”
He also discussed how films mock communities living in India, saying, “They made fun of Sikhs, Christians, Parsis… The Muslim man was always the best friend of the hero who died saving him in the end . But he died none the less.” He said that movies have created stereotypes as well.
He also said that Hindi films “lack substance” and drew a comparison to Indian food, adding, “The bubble of Hindi films is about to burst because they lack substance. We keep claiming that our movies are watched all over the world just as Indian food is eaten worldwide. Indian food is eaten because it has dum, it has substance.”
Naseeruddin saw the release of his latest film, Kuttey, in cinemas on January 13. The film also starred Tabu, Arjun Kapoor and Radhika Madan. It was the directorial debut of Aasmaan Bhardwaj, son of composer-director Vishal Bhardwaj.