Director: Saket Chaudhary
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Deepak Dobriyal
What better way than a cinema telling you a valuable story with precious insights? Hindi Medium is that film which slaps our obsession as a society for English language and the transition of education into a dirty business. All that being said, director Saket Chaudhary makes the film highly funny yet delivers a thoughtful message for us to introspect.
So, like most parents of today’s generation, Raj (Irrfan Khan) and Mita (Saba Qamar) want to send their daughter to the top school of Delhi and they will go to any bounds to do that. Written by Zeenat Lakhani and Saktet Chaudhary, Hindi Medium’s script describes the exact picture of parents’ worry for their children’s future but also depicts how in that quest, they forget the difference between right and wrong and the blind stupidity that they are a part of in this education business.
Saket Chaudhary has worked on minute details of each character. Even in the start when young Raj and Mita’s love story is conveyed, it has an intent. It shows the wild and happy go lucky nature of Raj (Irrfan) and the sophisticated living of Mita (Saba Qamar). From there, this idea of English high class life begins. The director kept the film funny throughout due to which the audience connect was amazing so that the message can be effectively delivered.
All the comedy with Irrfan-Saba’s struggles to get her daughter into the best school is hilarious. The screenplay is as good as it can get. When you have Irrfan Khan, there is always a sheer brilliance. But, if you think, only the humor is the best part of Hindi Medium, just wait till Deepak Dobriyal and his poor family comes along. The film goes to a greater height when the context of poverty is been portrayed. Saket Chaudhary does a wonderful job in illustrating how the joy of caring and being a good neighbor is mostly alive only in poor localities. Once you are rich, your focus is highly selfish. Some scenes are exaggerated but overall, that phase is simply rich in emotions. I loved the song during that part whose lyrics go somewhat like this, ‘Menu graribi bahut bhave’ (I am loving the poverty).
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Hindi Medium keeps flowing smoothly. With a splendid mix of humor and emotions, the film works great. The conclusion part is also good; the director didn’t try to make it glamorous.
I always say this; a great actor also knows how to select a strong story. Irrfan Khan, one of the best actors we have today, has come with yet another brilliant movie and there is no better actor who can deliver the roles so easily yet accomplishing. Irrfan as Raj is funny to the core, will do anything for his wife and daughter but also understands the importance of being a good human being, righteous, more so. There are entertaining punches from Irrfan that keep the film high on comic sense. His performance in serious situations is equally impressive.
Saba Qamar is a confident actress. Always dominating but also lovable, the chemistry between her and Irrfan is charming. She realistically enacts the crazy mother and wife who wants to just give the best education provider for her child, no matter what.
I have been a great admirer of Deepak Dobriyal’s acting talent since his epic role in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Gulaal’ as Bhati. Like I said earlier, the film changes when Deepak and his family comes into the picture. His to-the-point representation of a poor person, his morals to provide for his family, the culture of helping neighbors is delightful. Those scenes of him and Irrfan Khan make this movie immensely engaging. Two brilliant actors in one screen, what more do you want?
Hindi Medium is a compelling movie. It shows us the horrific mirror of our reality so that we can first accept what is wrong with us as a society and then we can change and provide a real education and learning environment to the new generation. I applaud the direction of Saket Chaudhary for his funny as well as precise storytelling. Irrfan Khan proves why he is one of the greatest actors we have today. Don’t miss it.