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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Angrezii meN bhee jhooTh boltaa hai koee

Film : The Blue Umbrella
Year of release : 2005
Spoken by : Robot owner (Deepak Dobriyal)
Spoken to : Nandkishore Khatri (Pankaj Kapoor)
Dialogue writer : Vishal Bharadwaj

This is a beautiful line from the movie The Blue Umbrella (2005). Vishal Bharadwaj has two pets – one is Shakespeare and the other are kids. So in between his Macbethian an Othellesque outings he does the Makdees and the Blue Umbrellas. The film is pretty much a simple film. I would say a tele serial with a few songs woven in. But I found this sparkling line in that film

अंग्रेज़ी में भी झूठ बोलता है कोई?
It is actually the opening scene of the film, where NandKishore Khatri (Pankaj Kapoor) – the proprietor of Khatri Tea Stall – is shown listening to a recorded fortune telling session. The person running the contraption - the robot owner (Deepak Dobriyal) tells Nandkishore (as he does not understand a word of English) that the tape is saying that he is going to be as rich as Bill Gates – a billionaire. He says

अरे खज़ाना मिलने वाला है तुझे
Nandkishore says

ये बोला इसने?
The Robot owner retorts

हां और वो भी अंग्रेज़ी में. अंग्रेज़ी में भी झूठ बोलता है कोई?
Fantastic line. Given that the greatest lies in this country are probably crafted and delivered in English. But that is more due to the fact that it has become the language of commerce in India and veracity and commerce don’t go hand in hand. Nonetheless, whenever you want to convince someone – deliver your pitch in English and add for effect
अंग्रेज़ी में भी झूठ बोलता है कोई?

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