Movie Review: Hindi Medium

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Director: Saket Chaudhary
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Deepak Dobriyal
 
 
Attending an english medium school is modern-day status symbol and to get through one is nothing less than a roller coaster ride: one that Chandni Chowk couple Mita (Saba Qamar) and Raj Batra (Irrfan) want to acquire, for themselves and their daughter Pia. Eager-to-please husband Raj agrees to leave his ancestral home to move to an upscale neighborhood in south Delhi to improve Pia’s chances of gaining admission in a leading English medium school. 
 
Raj and Mita put on a show of being upwardly mobile and classy, an act Mita is far more comfortable with than Raj .
Raj being Chandni Chowk's business tycoon finds it extremely difficult to understand the high class societies custom and couldn't brag about  stuff, instead he was the kind who chose to stay in a house with a chowk than a luxurious bungalow, the type who understood only one language and that was honesty, he didn't understand the judgmental behavior of the so called high class society and neither did he believe in entering the elite club , and their snooty neighbours could hence smell the difference between vintage wine and cheap rip-offs.
 
Raj and Mita begin targeting the top five schools, and when options run dry, they enlist the services of a coaching class that prepares both children and parents for the crucial school interview. Director Saket Chaudhary introduces a series of interesting characters: a Punjabi mother and daughter shopping in Raj’s garment store, which specialises in Bollywood fakes ( woot if you have seen Mallika Dua's videos, see her do her best as a cameo) ; the coaching class head played by Tillotama Shome; and the stern headmistress (Amrita Singh) everyone wants to woo.
 
While the idea of exposing the corruption in the school admissions system and the brokering that goes on behind the scenes has some freshness, the script soon slides into simplistic stereotyping. All the rich folk are shallow and unkind and the underprivileged folk believe sharing is caring. Deepak Dobriyal plays a selfless factory labourer whose kindness is the catalyst for Raj suddenly discovering he has a conscience.
 
In sum, capturing the notion that English establishes class and that parents across the country are desperate to earn this hallmark is a great idea. Hindi Medium is both satirical and humorous, the movie touches the right chords in the most subtle and simplistic manner. Irrfan and Qamar are well-paired—he bringing a natural charm, she suiting the character of the dolled-up yummy mummy.
 
Hindi Medium,  It makes you laugh, it makes you think, and leave a magical impact on you without even your realizing it. We happily give the movie 4 out of 5 shors ! 
 
+ Protagonists and side characters both have done a great job 
+ Enjoyable and realistic tale
+ Well written script 
- Too dramatic at times
 
Plot : Attending an english medium school is modern-day status symbol and to get through one is nothing less than a roller coaster ride: one that Chandni Chowk couple Mita (Saba Qamar) and Raj Batra (Irrfan) want to acquire, for themselves and their daughter Pia. Eager-to-please husband Raj agrees to leave his ancestral home to move to an upscale neighborhood in south Delhi to improve Pia’s chances of gaining admission in a leading English medium school.

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