'Getting the accent right is tough'

''Considering the desi touch of the film, the language that the film demanded was difficult. This film is not a regular Hindi film like Love Aaj Kal or some of my earlier films. This film demanded pure Hindi and I had to work hard on this aspect before the dubbing started,” Deepika said.

For portraying the character in Aarakshan, Deepika was required to speak pure Hindi as well as Sanskrit, which made the leggy actress take lessons to improve her Hindi diction and accent. Directed by Jha, the movie is centered around the Supreme Court’s order on reservations and how it affects the lives of the characters in the film.

The film has a starcast of bigwigs like Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpai with Prateik Babbar and Deepika in pivotal roles. Aarakshan is the story of Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh) who is an idealistic principal of a college. His disciple Deepak Kumar (Saif), who can do anything for Prabhakar, is in love with Prabhakar’s daughter Poorbi (Deepika).

The role of Deepak’s loyal friend Sushant is played by Prateik. About her role, Deepika said, “I play Poorbi Anand, who is very independent. She knows her mind well, but finds herself in conflict when it comes to her family, father and friends. The character does not know which direction to follow. The issue this film addresses is different from the films I have done before.”

The storyline of Aarakshan did trigger a few protests from people, saying it hurt the sentiments of a few sections of the society. The movie is woven around the policies of caste-based reservations in government jobs and educational institutions. The film is set to release in August.

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