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Mindy Kaling had tough time learning Hindi

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Actress Mindy Kaling, who has Indian roots, said it was difficult to learn Hindi for her forthcoming movie 'Ocean's 8'. "When I was cast in 'Ocean's 8', I didn't think there would be much prep but I ended up doing more than on any movie I've worked on," Kaling said in a statement.
"I had to become fluent enough in Hindi that I could speak it with ease in a couple of scenes and that wasn't easy because I don't speak any Indian languages. I was raised speaking English only because my parents spoke two different Indian languages, so the only language we all had in common was English. I also shadowed a jeweller so that I could learn how to hold all the instruments of the trade," the actress said.
In the film, Kaling plays Amita, a jewellery maker, who turns a $150 million diamond necklace into seven smaller pieces in the name of a heist. A sequel to Steven Soderbergh's 'Ocean's' trilogy, 'Ocean's 8' stars Sandra Bullock as ringleader Debbie Ocean, the sister of George Clooney's character Danny.

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