“Acting is important not the dialogue”: Vijay Sethupathi on dubbing in Hindi for Farzi

Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi says his biggest worry in working on Farzi, his first Hindi web series, was not his character, but the language. But he pressed on speaking his own lines in Hindi.

Vijay reveals his Biggest Worry

Vijay Sethupathi and Shahid Kapoor shared screen space for the first time in the web series Farzi. Helmed by Raj and DK, the show also stared Raashii Khanna, Amol Palekar, and Bhuvan Arora in key roles. While getting the character eccentricities was easier for Vijay Sethupathi, it was the Hindi language of the series that posed a cause of concern for the Super Deluxe actor.


Vijay insisted on speaking his own lines in Hindi. He says he did not enjoy taking the risk of letting someone else dub his lines, as then the performance diverges. “One performance is mine; the other is a voice giving another dimension to the character.”

“I made that mistake in my film Telugu film Uppena where I couldn’t dub my lines in Telugu. My command of the language was not good enough. From now onwards I will do my own lines, no matter what the language no matter what it takes,” he adds.

Acting is important not the dialogue 

Vijay doesn’t give unnecessary importance to the spoken lines. “I believe acting is all about observation. To me, the least important part of a performance is the dialogue. I feel words always get in the way of emotions. That’s why I enjoyed shooting for the Hindi film Gandhi Talks. It has no dialogues, it’s a silent film.”


And Vijay speaks good Hindi. “Jee nahin, meri Hindi kafi achchi ho gayi hai(my Hindi has really improved).I was in Dubai for three years, so I learned the language there. But it has been so many years, ‘mujhe bahut mushkil tha baat karne mein’ (I had difficulty with the language). I was very much worried about how I am going to do this because I am very particular about the dialogues and lines (and) what I am going to speak and how I am going to deliver,” Vijay told PTI.

While Farzi is just one of the many Hindi projects under his belt, Vijay Sethupathi would also feature in Shah Rukh Khan’s Jawan, Katrina Kaif’s Merry Christmas, and Santosh Sivan’s Mumbaikar. Talking about the challenges Vijay says, “I’ve always believed that for an actor silences always speak louder than words. At least it’s true of me. I always feel that words come in the way of expressing my feelings. I am at my most expressive when I am not speaking.”