Whenever Bollywood movies want to show thuggery or lawlessness, they end up showing Bihar in a stereotype way. The Indian directors usually highlight only the penury and rustic idiocy. One of the most popular Indian directors, Prakash Jha tried to show the increasing kidnapping cases in the Bihar state in the movie Apaharan. He also exposed the popular Bhagalpur Blinding case in the movie Gangajaal.
From more than 20 years, Bihar has been stereotyped for the worse more than its betterment. Hence, the upcoming movie Half Girlfriend will surely try to break this stereotype. The movie is based on the novel written by Chetan Bhagat. Arjun Kapoor will be seen playing the role of a Bihari guy, Madhav Jha, for the first time while Shraddha Kapoor will be playing the role of the rich girl, Riya Somani from Delhi.
Unlike other Bihari characters are shown in Bollywood Movies, Arjun Kapoor will not be seen using slang languages and unnecessary fighting scenes as we can understand from the promos. However, Arjun’s Bihari accent is not good as he is a born Punjabi.
Not only him, most actors and actresses (like Alia Bhatt in Udta Punjab) are unable to get the accent right as it is difficult. They end up looking unrealistic to people who interact with Biharis on a daily basis. When the actors get the pitch wrong, the audience gets distracted by what they see to what they hear.
Bollywood actors usually give the least amount of time to correct their accent compared to the time they give to get the correct dance movement and makeup. Kangana Ranaut and Aamir Khan are known as perfectionists for a reason. They both worked hard to get the Haryanvi accent right in their movie Tanu Weds Manu and Dangal. And, when we compare Bihari and Haryanvi language, of course, Haryanvi is more difficult.