quote by Ismail Merchant

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

— Ismail Merchant

Most Powerful Urdu quotations

In the UK, most of the nasheeds that I did were in my native language, Urdu.

Youngsters who could not understand the language came up to me... [and] said it was a great experience to just listen. That was actually very heart warming for me.

Why should I just limit myself to the Urdu language? Why not sing in different languages?

Pride! In English it is a Deadly Sin.

But in Urdu it is fakhr and nazish - both names that you can find more than once on our family tree.

There were a lot of unique challenges in producing the film, such as the logistical issues inherent in producing a long-term verite film in Pakistan, dealing with Urdu and Punjabi dialogue with an English-speaking editor and all the difficulties in recording, editing and clearing so many music tracks.

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 it's also the language of the Hindus.

I have a funny relationship to language.

When I came to California when I was three I spoke Urdu fluently and I didn't speak a word of English. Within a few months I lost all my Urdu and spoke only English and then I learned Urdu all over again when I was nine. Urdu is my first language but it's not as good as my English and it's sort of become my third language. English is my best language but was the second language I learned.

Michael Bates was a very funny actor;

he'd served in India, could speak Urdu, and had great comic timing.

To start with, there's the alien accent.

"Tree" is the number between two and four. "Jeintz" is the name of the New York professional football team. A "fit" is a bottle measuring seven ounces less than a quart. This exotic tongue has no relationship to any of the approved languages at the United Nations, and is only slightly less difficult to master than Urdu.

I speak Hindi fluently because my mother speaks only in Hindi and Urdu.