English as a language is widely spoken in this day and age, true. But is it really the measure of one's intelligence or how far one is going in life? Not really. In fact, speaking a certain language does not mean enhancing one's worth. It is just a matter of choice.
There are quite a few people who climbed the ladder of success without knowing the English language. Some learnt it eventually, while some are still comfortable conversing in their mother tongue.
Here are six iconic people who prove that English isn't a must for success:
Kapil hails from Amritsar. He first rose to fame when he emerged victorious in a reality show. Since then he has come a long way. From being a reality show contestant, he went on to have his own comedy show, which has received a lot of love. Kapil has done all of it thanks to his talent and hard work. He may not speak English fluently, but has been vocal about it on his show and also on Koffee With Karan.
Kapil Dev was the legendary captain of the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 World Cup. However, he met with a rather condescending comment once from an official, “India’s Captain and can’t even speak English". Kapil Dev decided to take this positively. He learnt English and even became the brand ambassador for Rapidex English Speaking Course. Even after learning the langauge, he maintained that his cricketing success had nothing to do with speaking English. He believed that he was picked to play for India because of his cricketing credentials and not his excellence with a language which was not his mother tongue.
Today, Kangana Ranaut is one of the most bankable actors in the movie business. However, things haven't been easy for her. In the beginning of her career, people made fun of her poor English skills, but this did not discourage her. She did polish her language skills no doubt, but her success came from her talent alone.
Anupam Kher is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated actors in our country. He was a small town boy who didn't know English until he came to Mumbai. He made his debut with Saaransh in 1984 and has since starred in almost 500 films, some of which also include Hollywood films. Despite not having known the English language for years, he did eventually learn it. Again, his success is simply the result of his acting abilities.
Diljit Dosanjh in a celebrated actor and musician in Punjab. So far, he has appeared in two Bollywood films, Udta Punjab (2016) and Phillauri (2017). Punjabi is his first language and he happily acknowledges that he is nervous when someone speaks to him in English. Has that been a hindrance to him in any way? Not at all!
Nawazuddin Siddiqui was first seen in a blink-and-miss appearance in the Aamir Khan-starring Sarfarosh (1999). Many such appearances later including one in Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003), he finally managed his spot in the sun with Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). He has acknowledged that he doesn't speak English at all and believed that the job of an actor is to deliver a role. However, if given a dialogue in English, he is more than willing to learn to deliver it.