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01 March 2024

Alia Bhatt learns yet another language!

Photo: Sanskriti Media

By Sanskriti Media

After Tamil, Mumbaiyya, Telugu and other dialects, Alia Bhatt is readying to learn Kathiawadi.

Long ago, writer director Mahesh Bhatt called this journalist up and asked for help for Alia Bhatt to learn the Tamil language and certain nuances of Tamil Brahmins for her role in the film 2 States. Alia then proceeded to diligently learn a lot of things about the culture apart from learning a few words that would have helped her in performing the role of the Tamil girl Ananya Swaminathan in the film.

Alia then learnt the way Hindi is spoke by Biharis for her role in Udta Punjab and this was followed by getting her Mumbaiyya dialect for Gully boy, her Urdu in place for Raazi and her Telugu for SS Rajamouli’s film RRR and the last one was for all her dialogues in the film.

Not long ago the actress was spotted learning some words in Swahili during her safari in the Africas.

And now she is in the process of learning Kathiawadi for her film Gangubai Kathaiwadi. “Kathiawadi is a language spoken by the Kathis who migrated to Gujarat in the 8th century. Kathaiwar actually forms the core of Saurashtra and is spoken extensively there. It is different in form from Gujarati and Kutchi is which spoken more. Gangubai is the name of the lady from the red-light area in then Bombay called Kamathipura who ran multiple brothels and later offered protection to the women who were forced into the flesh trade.  even had a chat with the then prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru when she met him to apprise him about the problems of the women in the business,” says a source.

Gangubai Kathaiwadi directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali will go on the floors in the next few weeks at Mumbai’s Film City.