English dialogues in an upcoming Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan-starrer 'Katti Batti' were toned down at Aamir Khan's behest
Over a month ago, hitlist had reported about director Nikhil Advani showing the rushes of his upcoming film 'Katti Batti' to Aamir Khan for advice. We have now learnt the star had suggested that the director rewrite some of the English dialogues in Hindi — a lesson that he learnt from personal experience.
Nikhil Advani, Imran Khan with Aamir Khan
Says Nikhil, "Aamir said a considerable chunk of the audience did not know that he had made a film called '3 Idiots' (2009). The Hindi-speaking people thought the film's name was 'Aal is well' (because of the catchy song in the film). They did not connect with the '3 Idiots' title since it was in English. So, Aamir felt it was better to stick to Hindi so as to be able to widen our audience reach."
Interestingly, Imran Khan, who is Aamir's nephew and plays the lead role in the film opposite Kangana Ranaut, had offered the same suggestion to Nikhil while shooting.
"I used to request Nikhil on a daily basis to rewrite English lines in Hindi. He would then ask me to do it. If you want to reach out to a bigger audience, then it is important to have Hindi lines," says Imran.
However, even as Imran rewrote a few lines, his maamujaan still thought English had been overused in dialogue writing, the young actor says, adding that he later dubbed for the re-written dialogues in Hindi, while Kangana's lines remained unchanged.