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    Hindus are promoting Urdu more than Muslims

    http://www.asiasource.org/arts/merchant.cfm
    An Interview with Ismail Merchant
    Ismail Merchant is the producer of some of the most critically acclaimed films in the history of cinema, including A Room with a View, Howardís End, and The Remains of the Day. Born in Bombay, Ismail Merchant has worked in the U.S. for most of his life. After a chance Video Clips of the Interview with Ismail Merchant

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    meeting with James Ivory at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, the two young filmmakers formed Merchant Ivory Productions in hopes of making English-language feature films in India for the international market. Their forty-year partnership has been one of the most prolific in cinema, resulting in the creation of forty-six films and several television features. In addition to being one of the most successful producers in independent cinema, Mr. Merchant has also directed several feature films, including In Custody and The Proprietor. The most recent Merchant Ivory release, The Golden Bowl, is based on a Henry James novel and is currently showing at theaters throughout the U.S. The Los Angeles Times calls it "yet another Merchant Ivory triumph, with impeccable performances and equally flawless, grand period settings.Ē

    What I thought was interesting about In Custody was that it portrayed Urdu as this dying language that is being subsumed by Hindi. My impression is that the two languages, Hindi and Urdu, are becoming more and more distinct since Partition and that new vocabulary is being added to divide the two languages even further for political purposes. Do you think Urdu is dying out?

    Urdu can not die out because it has very strong roots in Persia. The language itself is not only just the language of the Muslims, but itís also the language of the Hindus. Itís more promoted by the Hindus. If you look at the popular Hindi films, all the songs are written in Urdu.

    You would call that Urdu and not Hindustani?

    Itís Urdu actually. A few words of Hindi appear here or there, but itís all Urdu. I feel that if the popular culture, which is what Hindi films are, uses Urdu, itís not going to diminish.


    #2
    Good for Hindus!

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      #3
      ghar ki murghi daal barabar

      isn't that always the case?

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        #4
        who cares.
        Urdu is not all great language.

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          #5
          Originally posted by SaqiNama:
          who cares.
          Urdu is not all great language.
          good point SaqiNama...perhaps you should change your nick....it's too "urdu-ish".

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            #6
            Muzna is right. It's too Urduish for you!
            Reh gaya kaam hamaara hi baghawat likhna...

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