Hindi Medium is a masterclass in Bollywood! And is open to all.
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Hindi Medium sets high standards. In the wake of mega budget blockbuster movies it is gratifying to see a movie with a strong message perform increasingly and exceedingly well. It has struck a chord with the masses and common man alike.
Hindi Medium excels where most movies don’t – a great script and immaculate comic timing. Mita and Raj Batra, an affluent couple from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, are like most parents – grappling with getting their child’s admission into an English medium school. But the biggest barrier to entry is that their first language is Hindi and the elite snobs won’t let them blend in.
Raj (Irrfan Khan) is a simple man who has a booming ‘fashion’ business. He will do anything for his wife Mithu (Saba Qamar) – who is struggling to upgrade their current lifestyle to ensure their daughter Pia (Dishita Sehgal) gets enrolled in a ‘premium’ English medium school. Together they do everything under the sun to better their chances – right from moving out of their ancestral home and into an upscale neighbourhood to abandoning their ‘desi’ness for ‘angrezipan’. But when that still doesn’t work, as a last resort and to better their chances, they apply in the gareeb quota and move into a poor establishment filled with rags and rodents. Here, they meet Shyam Prakash (Deepak Dobriyal) and his wife, who give them a few things to think about – none that need language to comprehend.
The film represents class struggle and puts the difference between Bharat and India in sharp focus. It deals with the subject of how language divides our society. How the English-speaking people in India are considered to be upper class, while the Hindi-speaking, no matter how illustrious or wealthy, are subpar. And the same feeling continues into the outside world. The bottom-line is that we must transcend all barriers and strive to be better human beings.
Produced by Dinesh Vijan and Bhushan Kumar, Hindi Medium released on May 19 May 2017. Saket Chaudhary gets the direction and emotions of the film right. The script is co-written by Zeenat Lakhani and Chaudhary, and the dialogues by Amitosh Nagpal are perfectly well matched. Of course, Irrfan nails the hammer on the head with his innate comic timing and transformation into his new wannabe avatar. Saba, as the well-meaning but dominating wife is a charming delight onscreen. The magnificently measured Tillotama Shome acts as the admission consultant and Dobriyal represents the common man, doing a spot on heartfelt job.
The second half gets a tad predictable but it drives home the point, exposing the inadequacies and loopholes in our education system.
Hindi Medium aims to eradicate class divide and serve one purpose – Education for all.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped
Based on true events, The Right to Education (RTE) Act passed in 2009 plays a pivotal plot point in Hindi Medium.
Director – Saket Chaudhary
Cast – Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Deepak Dobriyal