Cast: Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Deepak Dobriyal, Amrita Singh, Swati Das and Dishita Sehgal.
Direction by: Saket Chaudhary.
Hindi Medium was one of the movie that I was looking forward for since its announcement. The uniqueness in its storyline made me curious about this movie. What I am really liking about Bollywood nowadays is that many directors and writers are coming with a social issue movies. Hindi Medium is among that section of movies which shows us the real mirror of today’s society.
Movie starts with young Raj Batra (Irrfan Khan) falling in love with one of the new girl of the locality named Mita (Saba Qamar). The love story is kept short and simple with romantic song been played in the background. After 15 years, both are married and have a daughter Pia (Dishita Sehgal). Raj has a flourishing clothes store in Chandni Chowk, where he sells ‘original copies’ of acclaimed designers, while his wife Mita — her name classily upgrades to Honey — is struggling to angrezify their lifestyle so that their daughter Pia gets enrolled in a high-flying English medium school. But Raj doesn’t talk in English and keeps emphasizing on Hindi. He dances like a normal guy which makes Mita sick. Mita tries to convey Raj to make him aware of so called “High Standard Mentality”. They fill forms of almost every top-notch private schools in Delhi and now comes the round of personal assessment of parents. In between are some humorous one-liners by Irrfan that makes the audience laugh.
They undergoes training sessions which makes them prepare for the questions to be faced in the interview. In one scene, the Batras’ daughter is asked by the admission consultant (Tillotama Shome, superb) to recite a nursery rhyme, that scene is well written and it’s funny. Moving forward they encounter that unfortunately their daughters’ selection doesn’t happen in any of the top 5 schools. Now comes the turning point, they opt for Plan B. They fill their forms in RTE (Right to Education) quota, which is reserved for poor people. Now imagine a business tycoon trying to adopt himself in poor person shoes. You get your answer, it’s tough but this teaches the audience many lessons. Scenes between Shyam Prakash (Deepak Dobriyal) and Irrfan Khan are filled with great comic timing and some fantastic acting.
Will Pia get the admission in the school of the couple’s choice? What happens when people encounters the truth? Is it ethical to play the devils role for our selfish needs? This are some answers that unfolds next.
This movie teaches a very big lesson of so called ‘Class’ system that exists in today’s world. Is it really worth knowing whether a person speaks English, Hindi or even his own mother tongue. Writers Zeenat Lakhani and Saket Chaudhary has done a thorough research before serving us this film and adding cherry on the top are dialogues by Amitosh Nagpal which are perfectly pitched and hit the tones right. Music goes well with the subject.
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In terms of performances, Deepak Dobriyal and Swati Das are scene-stealers although they enter the picture very late in the storyline. The child actors in the roles of their son and the lead couple’s daughter – Angshuman Nandi and Dishita Sehgal – are sweet and natural. And Amrita Singh is competent as Principal Lodha. The one person given the short end of the writing stick is Tillotama Shome as the consultant who trains families for the school admission process. She is a complete, undisguised stereotype. And the main leads, Irrfan and Saba doesn’t require any definition, they are just OUTSTANDING. You will somehow connect with the characters.
This movie is surely going to clinch a place in my top 10 movies of 2017. Do go with your entire family because movies like this doesn’t come on regular basis. I hope this movie changes the mentality of the society.
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