Mindy Kaling had a tough time learning hindi

Actress Mindy Kaling, who has Indian roots, says 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 to IANS.

"I had to become fluent enough in Hindi to 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 the role of 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.

After getting out of jail, she recruits seven women – Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, and Helena Bonham Carter – to help her pull off a jewellery heist at the annual Met Gala in New York.

The Warner Bros Pictures project will release in India on June 22.