In the movie 2 states, we are eager too see how Alia Bhatt portrays Ananya Swaminathan — a Tamil Brahmin girl, in her forthcoming film. Her character is very modern and the two-film old actress was told to play the role without borrowing typical mannerisms or caricaturish character traits.
“The role did not require me to put on any accent. I just learnt a few lines in Tamil, which was needed to converse with my reel parents,” she says.
The South Indians have always been a cliche in the Hindi Film industry. However, the audience demanding greater authenticity from Bollywood, the younger lot of filmmakers like Punit Malhotra (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein) and Abhishek Varman (2 States) are more sensitive while handling Southern characters.
In the recent past, loads of Bollywood films saw the lead actors as Tamilians and there were some definite signs of change — Dhanush (Kundan Shankar) in Raanjhanaa, Prithviraj (Surya) in Aiyyaa and Abhay Deol (TA Krishnan) in political thriller Shanghai, to name some of the front runners. There were others, too.
Konkona Sen Sharma (Meenakshi Iyer) in Mr And Mrs Iyer, Shahrukh Khan (Shekhar Subramaniam) in sci-fi Ra.One, Imran Khan (Sriram Venkat) in romantic comedy Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, Deepika Padukone (Meenamma Lochani Azhagasundaram) in blockbuster Chennai Express and now, Alia in 2 States.