For puritans of Hindi, Bollywood has murdered the heartland’s tongue many times over in its potboilers. Huh! When did pop weasels carry culture on their backs? What about those arthouse acts and was it not tinsel town that makes Hindi thrive in places where it is as good as Greek? So, can Bollywood teach Hindi to our lawmakers in Parliament whose native tongue does a reverse sweep when the language confronts it? Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu thinks so. He wants Hindi movies—starting with Mother India, the 1957 epic screened at the G.M.C. Balayogi auditorium in Parliament—to promote the language among ‘non-Hindi speaking’ lawmakers and staff. That reminds us of a line from the film: “Bina murga bane vidya nahi aati.” Ah, the dreaded corporal punishment murga of the schooldays—squat, loop arms behind knees, hold ears firmly!