Actor Naseeruddin Shah came vocal on how Hindi films fails to use Urdu language. The averred that the situation have changed for the worst, ‘Ab to behuda alfaaz hote hai.’ He further spoke about how these days the films ‘lack substance.’ He mentioned that films are making a mockery of all the communities in India. He added movies have not spared Sikhs, Christians, Muslims among others.
During a conversation with Jashn-e-Rekhta in 2022, he said, “Satyanash hogaya hai. But Hindi film mein kuch bhi kahan behtar huyi hai (it has led to disaster, this did not led to the betterment of our films).”
He adds on, “Today, we do not hear Urdu in our films. Earlier, when the censor board certificate would come, it had Urdu mentioned 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, there is no usage of Urdu words. Ab to behuda alfaaz hote hai (now they use rubbish words which makes no sense). No one even cares about the title of the film, as most of them are taken from old songs.”
He spoke about how communities are not said, “They have made fun of Sikhs, Christians, Parsis… Muslim man was always hero’s best friend who died while saving him in the end. But he died nonetheless.”
He added that films ‘lack substance’ and channeled it with Indian food, “The bubble of Hindi films is about to burst because they lack substance. We keep on claiming that our films are being watched across the world, just like Indian food is being eaten globally. Indian food is being eaten because it has dum, it has substance.”
Naseeruddin was last seen in Kuttey on January 13 in the theaters. The film also featured Tabu, Arjun Kapoor and Radhika Madan.