Mumbai:�Actor Pankaj Tripathi says he has helped actress Alia Bhatt to learn the Bihari accent for her role in the forthcoming crime thriller film �Udta Punjab�. Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the film, which also stars Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, features Alia as a migrant Bihari labourer. �Abhishek Chaubey is a good friend of mine. He asked me to help Alia prepare for her role of a Bihari girl. I taught her the language. As Alia has lived in an urban surrounding, it was a bit challenging for her to speak with a Bihari accent,� Pankaj, best known for his roles in films like �Gangs of Wasseypur�, �Omkara� and �Singham Returns�, told IANS. �Though it was a difficult job, Alia was a very hard working student. She used to practice speaking Bihari at home. She is a very dedicated and hard working actress. It took around one month to prepare her for her role. �I'm sure when the film will release, people will get to see a totally different avatar of Alia and will love it,� Pankaj added. Will we get to see Pankaj in the film? Pankaj, who can currently be seen in �Nil Battey Sannata�, said: �No, I haven't played any role in 'Udta Punjab', but I must say that Abhishek is a prolific director.� �Udta Punjab� is slated to release on June 17.(IANS)
Pankaj Tripathi mentors Alia Bhatt for 'Udta Punjab'