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Debate Sparked by Bollywood Star Kiara Advani’s Changing Accent at Cannes Film Festival


Kiara Advani's appearance at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year was highly anticipated, as the talented actress made her red carpet debut at one of the biggest events in global cinema. However, it was not just her stunning ensemble that gained attention, but rather a video of her interview has now sparked an engaging discussion online.

In the clip that has gone viral, Advani can be seen speaking with media about her experience at Cannes and feeling honored to represent on such a major platform. While expressing her gratitude and excitement, viewers noticed the actress adopting a noticeably different pronunciation in her speech. This difference in accent from her usual way of speaking has led to varied reactions from audiences online.

According to psychologist Dr. Pankaj Borade, alterations in dialects or intonation depending on the social context is a natural human tendency known as “code-switching”. He explains that our minds subconsciously adjust communication styles to suit the situation, whether it be ensuring clarity for a diverse audience or fitting into perceived industry norms. Dr. Borade notes code-switching is an unconscious way for individuals to navigate various settings and can be driven by a desire to understand, belong or portray a certain image.

While this behavior is instinctive for most people, some reactions have claimed Advani's accent appeared “fake” or “inauthentic”. However, others point out that public figures may feel pressure to code-switch at high-profile events with a global viewership. Dr. Borade stresses the need for empathy and understanding code-switching as a reflection of social adaptability rather than perceived dishonesty. The psychiatrist offers mindfulness as a way to become more self-aware of unconscious speech patterns in different environments.

Overall, the discussion serves as an interesting example of how societal expectations can influence even subtle behaviors like accents. At its core, code-switching highlights our shared ability to communicate across diverse settings in everyday life.

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