Dear Hrithik Roshan, I am a Bihari and I Feel Insulted by Super 30
An open letter to Hrithik Roshan by a son-of-the-soil Bihari
Dear Mr Hrithik Roshan,
Have you seen that amazing 26-year-old British actor Josh O’Connor do a Yorkshire accent in that masterpiece God’s Own Country? No? You should. Josh, for your information, is not from Yorkshire. He worked for weeks and months with a dialogue coach so that he didn’t sound like a young man imitating a young man from Yorkshire.
How many days did you spend in Bihar with the man you play in Super 30 before arriving so smugly at your …well, terrible Bihari accent in Super 30?
I have to admit I’ve never really been impressed by your transformative efforts on screen. But what you’ve done in Super 30 is worse. You have parodied the whole state and its people, lumped them together in your own version of Lalu’s la-la land.
This is not a man from Bihar speaking. It is YOUR definition of a Bihari man, based on a peek-a-boo perception probably gleaned from the social media, all tanned up with bootpolish, drawling out your words as though they are emerging from that empty bootpolish container after you have finished painting yourself.
Worse still is the fact that Anand Kumar is going around endorsing your efforts at being Bihari, calling you a ‘Greek God’ and too handsome to play Anand Kumar when in fact Anand should be pulling you up for insulting an entire community and state which has given India some of the best brains and talent including Anand Kumar.
The damage is not irreparable, Mr Roshan. You can easily re-dub all your lines. Sit down with a voice coach who will show you how not to ham on the soundtrack. What you need to is put more ‘Josh’ into your speaking lines.
But really, I am being too harsh. It’s not your fault. We pamper and spoil our actors, over-praise them to the skies until they begin to believe they are God’s chosen one. One hit, and a Siddharth Chaturvedi goes around strutting as though he has arrived. If you were not corrected while speaking for Anand Kumar, well blame the spineless disgraced director who must have been so grateful to have you in his film.
Until our directors stop being slaves to the star system, there will be no Josh O’Connor in Indian cinema.
Watch the trailer of Super 30 here: