Raj Batra (Irrfan Khan) is a wealthy businessman who runs a showroom of designer clothes in Chandni Chowk. His wife Mita (Saba Qamar) wants him to get their daughter Piya (Dishita Sehgal) admitted in a top English medium school in the city so that she can excel in the competent world. In order to accomplish the same, the parents of the child are required to be proficient in English language themselves so that they can perform well in the interview. But the problem is while Mita is good in English, Raj is extremely poor in the same.
The film deals with how Raj and Mita struggle to get Piya admitted in the best school of Delhi.
Positive points: –
- The lively performances of the star cast especially that of Irrfan, Saba and Deepak Dobriyal win your heart.
- Inspite of having a comical tone, the movie sends some strong messages to the audience quite powerfully and effectively.
- It’s take on the obsession of Indians for English is spot on.
- Eventhough I feel the runtime of the movie could have been shortened, I wouldn’t deny the fact that it wasn’t boring for even a second. The movie gets full marks for entertainment and (again) the credit goes to its performances.
Negative points: –
- A few comic scenes that seemed to be forcefully comical could have been abated or deleted.
- The movie deals with many real people in real life situations which means the makers could have made a more real-to-the-world flick. However, this movie too has its share of Bollywood melodrama which actually prevented it from being a classic (according to me).
- The film, though talks about a serious issue like RTE, lacked a coherently strong antagonist. In other words, I was disappointed with the development of Amrita Singh’s character.
- Like most Bollywood movies, this flick also portrays the elites and the poor as opposite poles. What I mean to say is that again we see the elites being shown as heartless, selfish and rude people and the poor working class being shown as pure hearted, extremely good persons. In reality this doesn’t happen and both sides have equal shares of virtues and vices. Poor people are also ruthlessly uncompassionating at times whereas elite people are also extremely warmhearted and vice-versa. This unfair generalisation has to stop for the good.
Direction, Script and Other Technicalities: –
Zeenat Lakhani and Saket Chaudhary have rendered an extremely funny script with many wonderful punchlines, most of them given to Irrfan who executes his part effortlessly. But they also took good care that the message the film sends doesn’t weaken at all which is commendable. The first half of the movie is a laugh riot while the second one has a more serious tone and I feel that in the latter, a few melodramatic moments could have been ameliorated. Saket Chaudhary’s direction gives me a mixed feeling. While he has handled his actors very well, one can easily spot glitches in his work. Nevertheless, for most parts of the film, he was good and has done a fine job.
A. Sreekar Prasad, as the editor of the film could have cut out a few montages and reduced the runtime of the film easily (maybe in this case we can blame Chaudhary too). The music by Sachin-Jigar may not be great, but it matched with the mood of the film finely.
Irrfan Khan is the soul of the film and his performance deserves applause. His comic timing is bang on and he seldom fails to entertain you. He manages to make you laugh even in bogus comic sequences and is equally excellent when the mood of the film is serious.
Saba Qamar is too good as the dominant wife and her character has been well crafted to induce laughs even when she gets serious. Her chemistry with Irrfan is also extremely pleasing and lovely.
Deepak Dobriyal comes into the montage in the second half but he completely steals the show with his stellar act. His comic timing as well emotional grasp is immaculate.
Swati Das as Deepak’s wife is good in her brief appearance. Amrita Singh could have had done better if her character had been given more space, else she was fine. Dishita Sehgal is cute as Irrfan and Saba’s daughter. Neha Dhupia and Sanjay Suri make unimpressive short cameos.
Final Verdict: –
Hindi Medium is a good piece of work as far as comedy-drama is concerned. Surely it has its share of faults but jovial performances and its strong messages win over the glitches and hence I would strongly recommend people to watch it. Of what is deserves I am giving an extra 0.5 for the cast’s performance which made the movie hilariously entertaining.