Ratna Pathak Shah feels that the comedy and humor in today’s Indian pop culture is completely off track. The actor was speaking at Jashn-e-Rekhta 2022, with husband Naseeruddin Shah as one of the speakers. The pair discussed the Urdu language and how it has changed in the context of cinema.
Moderator, author and literary critic Seif Mahmoud mentioned how humor has changed over time and now it is more about vulgarity, sexism and misogyny. As requested Ratna Pathak Shah What should a comedy be like, she laughed, saying: “There is no recipe for a literary work. But it certainly shouldn’t be what it is today.”
The Kapoor and Sons actor has continued to share this humor in theatre, films, television and even stand-up shows with minimal hard work and effort. She added that this type of literature is the most difficult and requires proper training, good writing and an open atmosphere, where the individual has the freedom to speak his thoughts.
“We got it earlier. The folk theater in every corner of India had a local element of humor in which powerful people were taken to ridicule. They would not only hear it, accept it, but also understand it. This was an important element of society. Today, People get offended easily and by things that are wrong. They don’t get offended by bad jokes, and that’s what bothers me. I think even in Hindi films, except for a few, there is a very low-key kind of humor. It’s without talent and with any intelligence. You can do it even while keeping it Even in the Mumbai language, one can be really funny,” she said in Urdu.
Ratna Pathak Shah was in no mood to spare mediocrity as she also discussed how the younger generation of actors lacks fluency in languages. Growing up, she said, she realized that language and pronunciation were an important part of an actor’s life, and that they could distort their accent as needed for a role. However, when one already has a distorted ‘zubaan’, one will find it difficult to correct it on demand.
“When I work with young actors now, especially in films, in order to keep it real, they have a very different pattern. It’s slurred and in one tone. They eat their words and don’t finish it. I cringe so hard seeing that. And when you ask them to be clear, they’ll talk in intervals.” Rest. They can’t do it smoothly,”
Naseeruddin Shah To engage in the conversation He said that everything in the movies has changed, and for the worse. When asked how the synthesis of language, especially Urdu, has changed in cinema, he replied: “Satyanash hugaya hai. But Hindi film mein kuch bhi kahan behtar huyi hai (Nothing changes forever in Hindi films).” While the audience applauded his comments, he continued, “Today, we don’t hear Urdu in our films. Earlier, when the Censor Board Certification came, Urdu was mentioned as a language. It was because the lyrics and shires were in that language, and even the writers came from Persian (Persian) theater This change can be seen today, there is no use of Urdu words. Ab to bhuda alfaaz hote hai (Everything is petty today). Nobody even cares about the title of the movie, because most of them are taken from old songs.” He also said that Indian cinema has portrayed almost all societies. “They mocked Sikhs, Christians, Persians… The Muslim man was always the best friend of the hero who died while saving him at the end. He said while talking about stereotypes in Hindi cinema.
He added, “We can’t laugh at ourselves, but we don’t mind laughing at other people’s problems. Our films have deliberately and consistently encouraged this. We’ve been making films for 100 years, we celebrate and talk about it, but we don’t talk about how to make the same film for 100.” year. And it is a 100-year-old tradition.”
When asked if it was the belief that India makes the best films, he cited the model of Korean and Thai films. “The Indian film bubble is about to burst because it lacks substance. We keep claiming that our films are watched all over the world, just like Indian food is eaten globally. Indian food is eaten because it contains dum, it has substance. There is Just one reason for making these movies, and everyone knows what that is.”
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