How’s your Hinglish?
That’s not a rhetorical question. Because Aditi Mittal, the first Indian woman to get her own Netflix hour comedy special, freely mixes English and Hindi in Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say. Most of her work translates easily.
“I realized that being 30 and single and an Indian woman is like being that Tupperware container at the back of the fridge,” Mittal jokes. “Where you’re like, ‘Is this still good?’”
It is, and she is, but you’ll want to turn on the subtitles/closed-captioning because of Mittal’s use of Hinglish, flipping back and forth mid-joke and often mid-sentence between English and Hindi.
And if you’re not up on your Bollywood, many of her references likely will sail over your head. Such as when a cat-caller compares Mittal to Kareena Kapoor. Mittal’s reply? “Please, I am an artist. Call me Shabina Azmi…At the current rate I’m going, Nasseruddin Shah will also do.” You won’t need as much help following along when Mittal jokes about how more contemporary Bollywood soundtracks make it more difficult for cat-callers to whistle accurately.