Students from several top universities in China where Hindi is taught as a subject have participated in a contest where they have been asked to dub dialogues from a Bollywood movie of their choice.
Reports say, this is first competition of its kind in the country, which is hosted by the Chinese Association for South Asian Language Studies.
Students from 14 Chinese universities across the country have submitted 80 videos in Hindi for the competition, Hindustan Times reported.
The students were given a choice of five Hindi movies–Mohabbatein, Bajrangi Bhaijan, 3 Idiots, Secret Superstar and Dangal–from which they could pick the dialogues.
Many of the students who have submitted videos are enrolled in some of China’s leading educational institutions including Peking University, Communication University of China, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Guangdong University of Foreign studies, and Yunnan Nationalities University.
“The rules were these: Each student had a time limit of three to five minutes in which they had to dub their favourite dialogue – in Hindi – from one of the five movies. That part of the movie will play in the background,” explained Zhang Yaneng, Hindi lecturer at BISU’s Hindi department, adding that the planning took about two months.
The students of Hindi will be tested on their pronunciation, intonation and the quality of the video and the techniques they used to record it, said Zhang, who is known as Soumya among her peers.