Navrai Maajhi Song – English Vinglish

20 Comments
  1. Ritz 7 years ago

    Sridevi is far more tolerable now…I like her here …Kind of like a drunkard gone to rehabilitation center for 6 months and came out clean….detoxified!

    (All her irritating overacting and melodrama is underplayed here)

    • Ritz 7 years ago

      In fact its a surprise for myself…..Sri is more tolerable than my childhood fav Madhuri (for whom i jacked off 5237 times in 7 years in a row) …now!!

      Madhuri is totally fake and pathetically plastic these days…a total contrast to what she was earlier!

  2. Suprabh 7 years ago

    They dont dance like this to their own songs in the US.

    Kal ho na ho..ruined everything 🙁

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    sputnik 7 years ago

    @Ritz,

    “Sridevi is far more tolerable now…I like her here … (All her irritating overacting and melodrama is underplayed here) n fact its a surprise for myself…..Sri is more tolerable than my childhood fav Madhuri Madhuri is totally fake and pathetically plastic these days…a total contrast to what she was earlier!”

    Agree.

    Sridevi said this in her filmfare interview recently about artificial methods to look young and I agree.

    “After undergoing treatment the only facial expression you can give is a startled one.”

    Madhuri has got botox or some facelift or some other plastic surgery done. When she smiles now her forehead has no wrinkles at all and it looks so odd. It seems she can give only one expression now – the startled one.

    @suprabh,

    “They dont dance like this to their own songs in the US.

    Kal ho na ho..ruined everything ”

    Ha Ha. Agree.

    • Ritz 7 years ago

      Its not only abt her botox – Madhuri has fake accent/ fake persona now.

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        sputnik 7 years ago

        Yeah Agree. She now has a American accent as she lived in US for few years. But it seems odd considering she lived in India for more years than in US. SRK made fun of her new accent a few years back on Koffee with Karan.

        • Suprabh 7 years ago

          I guess that happens..to some people.. I have dual accents too. A Pseudo American one at work and an Indian American one when talking to Indian friends.

          • Ritz 7 years ago

            Lekin bhai….

            I can understand….

            My 2 managers….who had been in US for more than 2 decades have the same accent!

            They were talking english in same accent …and still do talk….and i have NO PROBS with their accent!!

      • Sharada 7 years ago

        Its called code-switching in Linguistics. People do it very naturally to suit the environment they are in. I remember picking up a Tamil twang to my English very naturally while in Chennai. And my Hindi underwent a Delhi-fication while there. Now that am back in Hyderabad, my language is getting neutralised to the local Dakhni.

        Of course, retaining the phoren accent and bringing it back to show off , is another thing altogether. 🙂

    • Ritz 7 years ago

      Btw the main 2 lines of the song are in marathi. But in dance and setting there is no marathi flavour. Its all north Indian.

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    sputnik 7 years ago

    Ritz,

    “My 2 managers….who had been in US for more than 2 decades have the same accent!

    They were talking english in same accent …and still do talk….and i have NO PROBS with their accent!!”

    It depends on the person and also on what they were doing in US – studying or working and where.

    If someone goes to US for Bachelors they usually get American accent as their classmates are mostly American whereas those who go for Masters may or may not get an accent. The students who go for masters live with desi roommates and their friends circle usually is all desi and even the classmates at Masters are mostly desi. They have limited interaction with Americans and while some try to speak in American accent (some even put on a fake twang) some speak in desi accent with Americans too.

    Usually the students who came on Masters are more comfortable speaking or understanding American accent when they go on to start working. Those who come on H1B or L1 visa on projects from India usually speak in desi accent only.

    • Ritz 7 years ago

      Got it Sputnik

      I have observed all of what u said in above comment.

      My objection is not abt the accent as such! but the “fake” and “purposeful” use of it…

      i have close friends who have very much thick american accent and some of them are tamilian. …

      and we have great fun teasing them abt their accent … 🙂

      • Ritz 7 years ago

        Btw Sputnik…

        I had a boss from from US…who told me …

        Education in US in schoolong is fine…..they teach u basics etc…he was all for education in US till 10th standard….

        i had another boss who said the opposite…. “( both were in US for long time) ”

        …the other guy said “its not good to have kids in schooling in US….but higher education its OK….as they have more “sex” and “bad ” things in school itself “

    • Suprabh 7 years ago

      sputnik,

      I agree to most of your comment…however I would like to add, a lot also depends on where you are coming from and the kind of setting you are comfortable in. I came to US for masters, but I remember I had the american accent from Day 1. The reason: I munched on Hollywood big time, even when I was in India…and in my school it was kind of necessary to only converse in English with the teachers and other students (when in class). I read a lot of novels during my teens and also watched a lot of american pie (and similar) movies..so I guess I was already quite familiar with the culture here, even before being here.

      • Suprabh 7 years ago

        Also, I dont want to sound biased or judgmental but 99% of the people from South India have a horrible accent..and I am not even talking about trying the American Accent here..They just have a horrible Indian Accent (mostly people from Andhra– the tamilians are a bit better–well sometimes)

        • Ritz 7 years ago

          LOL Sup

          i also thought the same…till i mate those 2 managers

          🙂

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        sputnik 7 years ago

        Ha Ha.

        I used to watch lot of American movies and TV shows too and knew from them how to speak in American accent. I never really spoke in English in India though. We never really spoke in English in school though they made it mandatory. Had to wear “Speak in English” sash for a whole day once in school when I was caught not speaking in English. 😀

        My friend who came with me same day to US still speaks in Indian accent. When I asked him he says “Why should I change my accent. Do Europeans speak in American accent? Do Americans speak in Indian accent when they go to India?”

        At one point I got bored of my “desi” lifestyle – so lived with American roommates for two years. They were making fun of one of the teaching assistants from India who had a thick Tamil accent. One day my roommate came back from some Gujju party and told me very excitedly that he met a lot of guys at a party and they were all Patels and they were not related.” 😉

        The thing is Indians speak English just like their mother tongue (North Indians are bit better). They think in their mother tongue and translate it to English. They speak too fast and Americans cannot understand them some times.

        @Ritz,

        I don’t know about the schooling much but I think lot of parents are worried about the culture. They are scared that their kids will become American like when it comes to having girlfriends or boyfriends in school itself. The other thing is parents cannot discipline kids like in India.

        A lady (friend of a relative) had two kids and she scolded or thrashed the elder kid and he went to the balcony and was crying. Some neighbor called the cops and the child services took away the child and they are fighting to get the child back in courts for a couple of years now.

        I have noticed that Americans use calculators for even basic math and that even students in college (bachelors) cannot solve simple algebraic equations and they look at you with awe if you solve them in minutes.

        My American Boss was once saying that Americans go to college just to party. I have seen that they select arts or psychology mostly and they just party and get laid. The few smart ones are more smarter than the regular ones from India and they really excel at what they choose (Engg or CS). These are just my observations.

  5. Ritz 7 years ago

    @Sputnik

    “I don’t know about the schooling much but I think lot of parents are worried about the culture. They are scared that their kids will become American like when it comes to having girlfriends or boyfriends in school itself.”

    Many of my collegues had the same fear….

    Few actually came back…..

    One of them has actually a daughter who grew up there…

    • Ritz 7 years ago

      His daughter is a sweetheart and he also is!

      hope our culture wakes up !!

  6. hithere 7 years ago

    Some people pick up accent subconsciously and some want it as soon as they land. One of things I learned is US is not to judge people and think from other guys perspective. Everyone has reasons for what they are doing.

    ps – Once an employee came to our office from Indian office and he wanted to print and looking for printer. He asked a American guy and that guy couldn’t understand. Then they asked me, I couldn’t. Then they asked someone from his region. Having said that you need to talk with some of south Asian people on phone and you will start appreciating south Indian accent.

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