Though the ancient time zone in Dinesh Vijan’s ‘Raabta’, lasts only 20 minutes, writers Siddharth-Garima wanted to ensure that it had a primitive vibe to it. They created a new dialect of Hindi, a mix of Khari boli, Awadhi and Brij.
“We wanted to give it an ancient touch. The script will be Devanagari. We researched on local dialects from Central India. No amount of look will sound convincing if the characters from 3,000 years ago speak colloquial language.
We went through Kabir’s dohas, which helped a lot. Rajkummar Rao plays a king in the film and makes a massive prophecy. That particular line had to be understandable and yet, archaic. In this language, there are hints of Urdu and Hindustani too. We didn’t name it anything but it was a delight doing this,” Garima says.
Despite integrating elements from other languages and creating a new one, they had to make different people in that time period speak differently too. “Since we didn’t have to focus so much on the written word, we didn’t really have to see the language in writing. It will be a calligraphic version of Devanagari,” chips in Siddharth.
Ask them if there will be subtitles for the new language and Garima says, “We might. We obviously don’t expect the audience to understand everything. When we spoke to Dinesh about this, he suggested we have subtitles.”
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