Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone–actresses who underwent language training for their on-screen roles

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Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone–actresses who underwent language training for their on-screen roles

We bring to you actresses who had to undergo rigorous language training to effortlessly slip into their on screen characters

When in Rome, do as the Romans do, is a very popular saying. However, if we were to tweak it a little, it would go as, ‘When in Rome, speak as the Romans do.’ In order to slip into the skin of their on-screen characters, actors have to undergo a lot of training. Apart from withstanding rigorous physical preparation, they have to also undertake accent perfection tutelage if the script demands. The recent mini trailers of Jab Harry Met Sejal gives us a sneak peak into Anushka‘s Gujarati girl avatar that has the actress conversing in a thick Gujarati accent.

As cute as she sounds, we are quite impressed by the way the young actress has perfected her accent for the role. It’s not a piece of cake to learn a language that’s alien to us, leave alone honing the accent. However, actors are expected to do so if their role calls for it. Bollywood has had many actresses in the past who have undertaken this endeavor. As the excitement for the movie, Jab Harry Mets Sejal, increases with the release of its mini trails, we bring to you a list of Bollywood actresses who’ve had to perfect an unfamiliar accent to step into the shoes of their on screen characters. (ALSO READ: Jab Harry Met Sejal mini trail 2: Anushka Sharma’s indemnity bond absolves Shah Rukh Khan of all legal charges if they have any sexual interaction!)

Priyanka Chopra in Bajirao Mastani

Priyanka Chopra had to undergo language training in a particular dialect of Marathi for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama, Bajirao Mastani. The actress who had played a Marathi mulgi before in movies like Kaminey and Agneepath, had to take on a completely different ball game to play the role of Kashibai in the movie based on Peshwa Bajirao’s life. In order to keep the authenticity of the character and the period alive, the director expected Priyanka to get the dialect and accent perfectly right. Thus PeeCee daily trained with a linguistic expert to work on her 17th century-specific lines in the film.

Kangana Ranaut in Tanu Weds Manu and Fatima Sana Sheikh-Sanya Malhotra in Dangal

Kangana Ranaut‘s role as Tanuja aka Tanu in Anand L Rai’s  Tanu Weds Manu and Fatima Sana Sheikh-Sanya Malhotra’s role as Geeta-Babita Phogat in Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal redeemed Harayana in popular imagination. For this, their perfect accent as a Haryanvi has to be given some credit if not entirely. For both the movies, the actresses had to train under accent coach, Sunita Sharma. While Dangal was a biopic on Geeta and Babita Phogat, both Fatima and Sana had to observe the wrestlers closely to step into their character. Kangana, on the other hand, had to train under Sharma to imbibe even the body language of an average Haryanvi. There are very subtle differences that an average Hindi speaker will not get, but a person from Haryana will immediately understand. And it is entirely because of the ease with which Kangana justified her character, that the movie was able to familiarize the audience with the Haryanvi culture.  (ALSO READ: Kangana Ranaut learns sword-fighting for the Rani Laxmi Bai biopic)

Deepika Padukone in Piku and Chennai Express

Post learning Tamil for Chennai Express, actor Deepika Padukone underwent rigorous training  in Bengali for her film, Piku, that had her doing workshops with the film’s director Shoojit Sircar, who happens to be a Bengali and veteran actor Moushumi Chatterjee, who essayed the role of her aunt in the movie. If reports are to be believed, the actress used to sit with Chatterjee in between shots and perfect her pronunciations. Needless to say, the actress did a perfect job!