Film: Chhoti Si Baat
Year of release: 1976
Director: Basu Chatterjee
Producer: BR Chopra
Chhoti Si Baat was an uncredited remake of British comedy School of Scoundrels (1960).
Palekar plays a simpleton who is in love with a woman colleague but struggles to woo her owing to his low confidence. His life becomes miserable when a brash, smooth-talking Asrani joins the office, and is able to catch the attention of the woman with ease.
A scene from the film shows Palekar wincing over use of Sanskrit words and replacing them with Urdu while rehearsing for a speech, hoping it would work as a charm on the woman.
This is yet another example of how Urdu (the great Hindi literary icon Bhartendu Harishchandra described Urdu as language of dancing girls and prostitutes) has been subtly pushed as classy while the language of wisdom (Sanskrit) sidelined by Bollywood.
Watch the scene here:
"Not Sanskrit. Urdu is classy language"— Gems of Bollywood बॉलीवुड के रत्न (@GemsOfBollywood) September 12, 2021
This is how the language of brothels was subtly pushed and language of wisdom was sidelined by Urduwood.
Award-winning film Chhoti Si Baat by BR Chopra and Basu Chatterjee "inspired" from School of Scoundrelspic.twitter.com/dBR5Z3eAva
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