Director: Saket Chaudhary
Stars: Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Deepak Dobriyal, Vijay Kumar Dogra
Runtime: 2h 12min
Released: 12 May 2017
Summary: A couple from Chandni Chowk aspire to give their daughter the best education and thus be a part of and accepted by the elite of Delhi.
Raj Batra’s (Irrfan Khan) hilarious English prompts an uneasy laugh. You have known him for years. You have seen him struggling to fit into a class structure whose exclusivity lies in deduction. It’s a never ending saga of aspirations, humiliation and fight back.
Raj owns a fashion studio in Old Delhi and proudly calls himself a local tycoon. A typical rags to riches story, he seems comfortable in his own skin. Raj’s wife Meeta (Saba Qamar), who he fondly calls Mithoo, is determined to break into the Delhi ‘gentry’. She thinks moving to south Delhi’s posh Vasant Vihar will give validation to her family’s income and ambition to lead an upper-class life.
The Batras want a reputed school for their daughter Priya because they think that will be the final stamp in their upward climb.
This is where the fun begins.
Hindi Medium is a much-needed comment on the private school system and how it has become so important in our lives. It’s also a lesson for the concerned officials, who turn a blind eye to government schools that have millions of potential winners.
A little preachy and over-dramatic towards the end, Hindi Medium strongly drives its point home. Chaudhary’s film has immense repeat value.
You are likely to empathise with Qamar when she says, “Iss desh me angrezi zabaan nahi class hai,” (English is not a language but class in this country).
And if you don’t then you might be a part of the group that wants the status quo.