Review: Hindi Medium

Hindi Medium

Hindi Medium

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Duration: 133 Minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 19-MAY-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 / 5 (A Magical Ride for the whole family)

Plot:
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.

Overall Review:
Hindi Medium is directed by Saket Chaudhary, who previously co-wrote Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Asoka and has directed films like Pyaar Ke Side Effects and Shaadi Ke Side Effects. Film is a situational comedy based on social issues. It’s a family-oriented story of a couple who is determined that their three year-old daughter should study in an English medium school and they leave no stone unturned to achieve this goal. Pakistani actor Saba Qamar makes her Bollywood debut with this film, and does her job pretty well and equally stands out despite the strong screen presence of Irrfan. Film totally belongs to Irrfan Khan. He leads the entire film once again to provide the audience with a thought-stirring movie which this time questions the equality we take for granted. He deadpans as he drops one hilarious line after another and the fun part is, there is a message embedded in every single of those laughter riots. The film reminds us of the urban vs rural, Hindi vs English, Bharat vs India divide that exists even today. Film is tailor made for the Indian society and shows how parents struggle to get their kids admitted to reputed schools, how they suffer from a constant fear of failure, from a fear of not fitting in the ‘class’ and how education has shockingly become a booming business in the country. The film warns us that outer polish is not enough; get your values right first. It calls our attention to this inequality and warns us about the pressing need to address the situation. Amrita Singh is seen in supporting role and gives equal justice. The dialogues are hilarious and keep you entertained throughout. Last 15-20 minutes of the plot gets predictable and too dramatic and thats where it fails. Irrfan Khan’s speech in the finale could have been vocally strong in order to attain the desired impact. Nevertheless, film ends us teaching: It is up to us to change our mindset and we must remember one thing: English, Hindi or any other language, the medium doesn’t matter, the person does. The film will be appreciated by every age. A Must Watch!!!

Performance & Technical Review:
Film totally belongs to Irrfan Khan. He leads the entire film once again to provide the audience with a thought-stirring movie which this time questions the equality we take for granted. He deadpans as he drops one hilarious line after another and the fun part is, there is a message embedded in every single of those laughter riots. Pakistani actress Saba Qamar is impressive as a dominating wife and a mother who is desperate to ensure good (read English) education for her daughter so that she does not lag behind in the rat race. Deepak Dobriyal is terrific. Known for his perfect comic timing, Deepak Dobriyal makes you laugh less and cry more in this one. As a man who is dealing with poverty, he plays an applauding role in the film. The dialogues are hilarious and keep you entertained throughout. Amrita Singh plays a strict but corrupt headmistress and she does it with such finesse that I seriously cannot imagine anybody else in that role. The film’s music (Sachin-Jigar) is situational. Suit Suit composed and sung by Guru Randhawa feat. Arjun and Ek Jindari sung by Taniskaa Sanghvi are my favourite numbers from the album. Irrfan and Dishita Sehgal’s dance with Tarey Gin Gin is a delight to watch!

PDF Verdict:
‘Hindi Medium’ is the amalgamation of the honest script and powerful performances. Its an experience which every Indian student and parent will be able to relate. Strongly recommended for the whole family.

Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 / 5 (A Magical Ride for the whole family)
Performance:4 on 5
Script: 3.75 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.75 on 5
Production Designs: 3.75 on 5

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