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Perfect Form of Cinema backed with Neatly Crafted Satire
Movie – Hindi Medium
Star cast – Irrfan Khan & Saba Qamar
Genre – Rom Coms
Director – Saket Chaudhary
Rating – 3.5
Meet Raj Batra (played by Irrfan Khan) is a garment businessman and lives in Chandni Chowk, who deals with original imitations of Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi’s creations. Though he is not very well educated, his over-bearing, demanding wife Mita (played by Saba Qamar) comes from local English medium school. And she wants to admit her daughter in one of Delhi’s five topmost schools. To ensure that, she even nags her husband into agreeing to move to a richer neighborhood and change their lifet style to get admission in poor category. However despite all their efforts, their daughter doesn’t get admission in four schools. In a desperate attempt to keep his wife happy, Raj then tries to get his daughter admitted to the remaining one school through gareeb quota via nefarious means. They had to remain in the poor neighborhood for a month to validate their admission status or land them in jail for fraud. As they live among the poor, they realize thaty they have got their priorities about life all wrong. So what happens next is interesting to catch?
For a satire to work, the humor and the writing should be very effective. And Hindi Mediume has succeeded to a large extent in justifying these two aspects. The dialogue, especially those delivered by Irrfan, are smart, witty and manage to elicit a chuckle too often. When Bollywood has often hesitated in taking on social issues fearing controversies, it is interesting to see Hindi Medium takes on one of the most pertinent issues affecting our society – the circus behind school admissions. The writers have tried to address the issues in a light-hearted manner. However, some of the events shown in the movie may look exaggerated, but our audience love exaggeration. Talking about the performances, Saba Qamar seemed effective and needless to talk about Irrfan’s act it was exceptionally effective as always. Saba gets a very meaty part with a nice arc and she does complete justice to the character. Also, the small kid who plays their daughter is very cute. Also, the supporting cast, Tilottama Shome as the admission consultant and Amrita Singh as the business-minded principal also remain the par. But Deepak Dobriyal who gives the best of the humor still remains underused. The direction is competent, and the performances from Irrfan, Saba and Deepak are first-rate. But above all, it’s the core message that the movie did right – Good education is not the privilege of the elite few, but the right of everyone
Hindi Medium Last Word
Hindi Medium may not be the best in the genre of satire, which honors the audience yet it lies with the always splendid Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. However, the film remains very engaging piece of cinema, that will make us laugh, cry and even question our own role in how things like basic education are getting screwed up in our society.