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People are made fun of if they don't speak English well

10 April, 2017 12:06 PM
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Actor Arjun Kapoor says it is sad that people judge others on the basis of how well they speak English and those who struggle with the language are often made fun of. Arjun says there are people who will understand Hindi but will respond in English to sound cool.

"In India, if you're smart but don't understand English no one gives importance to you. If you can't speak English then you're looked at differently.This is the biggest issue in the country. You may understand Hindi but will speak in English to sound cool," he said.

The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of 'Half Girlfriend' here. The romantic drama is based on the novel of the same name written by Chetan Bhagat and also stars Shraddha Kapoor.

Arjun says there are certain actors, who also struggle with this issue but he is thankful to his grandparents for always speaking to him in Hindi.

"People are told that if you speak in English you will sound better. So, a consciousness comes in, people are made fun of, they're not taken seriously. This has personally bothered me," he said.

"The youth of today is very fluent in English but you ask them three questions in Hindi and they face a problem. We are actors so we need to learn Hindi, and thankfully my grandparents always spoke to me in Hindi so my Hindi is clean but there are many actors also (who are not fluent in the language)," he adds.

The 31-year-old actor insists Hindi is a language which one must understand as it is something which will take the country forward.

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