Director : Saket Chaudhary
Producer : Dinesh Vijan and Bhushan Kumar
Cast : Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Deepak Dobriyal, Amrita Singh
Genre : Comedy and Drama
Reviewed by : Nandini Roy
A country whose national language is Hindi but speaking a foreign tongue like English gives you class and a sense of inclusiveness, standard and license to socialize in the society with confidence. Our obsession is such that speaking in your national language slots you under the ‘lower class strata. One can’t be classy if one doesn’t speak English?
Hindi Medium is produced by Dinesh Vijan and Bhushan Kumar and is a T-series and Maddock films presentation. Hindi Medium is a slice of life comedy based in the heartland of our country. The film is all set to release on 19th May 2017. The film is a story about a couple’s struggle to get their daughter admitted to a posh English school in order to survive in this society and also prevent others from be fooling her. Irrfan Khan ’s film ‘Hindi Medium’ is a hard-hitting one. It has touched base upon one of the most important obsessions in our country, which is to speak impeccable English.
Mita (Saba Qamar) and Raj Batra (Irrfan Khan), hails from an affluent family. The couple resides in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk. They are grappling with getting their daughter admission into an English medium school. The root of the problem lies in the language, english language. The couple is not well acquainted with English language which is why their zubaan is Hindi, and the elitist snobs don’t let these two, Hindi speaking couple fit in. Thus, the so called ‘elite society’ of Vasant Kunj continues to lambaste the couple for not having a good command over English language.
This film is quite relatable. Well, Hindi Medium is a satirical attempt to showcase the fallacies in our education system. At the core, the film deals with a very relevant subject of how language divides and segregate our society. How angrezi-speaking people in India are touted to be ‘premium class,’ while the Hindi-waale¸ however illustrious or wealthy, are low-brow, or plain uncool. Hindi Medium shines in two areas that most of our films often fall short of. As far as the story goes – good writing, and as far as comedy goes – great timing. You will find everything about this film on fleek. The movie is assembled in such a way that you cannot find anything missing in the film. It has amazing dialogues with excellent comedy and humor.
Raj (Irrfan) has a flourishing clothes store in Chandni Chowk, where he sells ‘original copies’ of acclaimed designers, while his wife Mithu (Saba) — her name classily gets upgraded to Honey, is struggling to angrezify their lifestyle so that their daughter Pia (Dishita Sehgal) gets enrolled in a high-flying English medium school. They do everything possible to get their daughter admitted to top class school. They move out of their ancestral home into a posh and sobo society in Vasant Kunj comprised of elite neighbours, who castigate the couple for not matching their level and standards. In order to match up their standards, the couple resort to hardcore grooming, where in they abandon their desi swag for designer wear and switch from bhangra to angrezi beats. Plan B. Apply in the gareeb quota, move into a poor settlement with rags and rodents, and take gareebi ki training. Here, the couple meets Shyam Prakash (Deepak Dobriyal), who plays Irrfans friend in the film. His character is quite different in the films than the rest of the films. Here along with the comedy there is a message and the comedy has various layers to it.
They plays parents to a cute little girl, and getting admission for her in a posh school turns out to be such a big headache. The wife is, especially, insistent of getting her daughter in Delhi’s best school, because she feels studying in such schools can only make their daughter pursue brilliantly bright future. They change localities, their friend circles and their way of living shuffles.But they could not get admission in four out of Delhi’s five best schools. With one school remaining, Irrfan takes an extreme step that if not played well could land him in jail.
Irrfan Khan is terrific as the garment businessman from Chandni Chowk, who is reluctant to let go off his roots. As his nagging wife, Saba Qamar gives a commendable performance. There are some surprising actors in the supporting cast like Sanjay Suri, Neha Dhupia and Amrita Singh. The humour woven into the narrative helps in making this social satire appeal to you.
Chaudhary gets the grammar of the subject right, and spells out the emotions fluently. The dialogues (Amitosh Nagpal) are perfectly pitched and interestingly, the humour rests on the hinge, never distracting from the centerpiece. Of course, Irrfan nails it with a class act, playing a man torn between his simple, unpretentious upbringing and his new wannabe avatar. Irrfan has bowled us over with his stellar performance. Saba, as the OTT, dominating wife is sheer delight onscreen. She has the kanck for acting. She has manifested different shades in the film which is commendable.
Dobriyal is superb and in some scenes, he leaves you teary-eyed. The second half gets over-dramatic and the plot seems quite convenient, taking ample liberties. The last chapter (climax) is stretched and predictable, but in the end, it drives home the point, exposing the inadequacies and loopholes in our education system. This class isn’t part of the usual Bollywood curriculum, and we suggest that you sign up for it. Admissions open to all.
What if your financial backing prohibits you from learning English? Who is the one to be blamed then for not being classy?
Answers to all such questions will be answered in this film. Movie leaves you with wonderful message along with the super peppy song ‘suit suit karda.’ Wait till May 19 and bang on! A must watch is awaiting!