21 May 2017

Movie Review: Hindi Medium: Irrfan Khan Saves the Day!

Two teenage lovers and their oh so innocent cuteness decorate the opening credits of Hindi Medium over an Atif Aslam song, though these scenes have no effect on the remainder of the film. Just episodic rather than consequential.

15 years later... (All Hindi, little bit English) Raj (Irrfan Khan) and (Knows her English) Meeta (Saba Qamar) are happily married. Raj is a successful businessman with his own women's attire store. Meeta is meanwhile obsessed over getting the daughter admission in any of the top five English medium schools in Delhi. Raj and Meeta haplessly join the rat race for admission forms, learning activity and consulting classes. When Pia doesn't get admission, the couple takes an extreme step in changing their social status for an admission seat at a coveted school.  

Good, When Light
As a comic satire on the Indian education system, Hindi Medium has many moments of genuine laughter in its first half. How much English matters as a language in India is lightly put across here. It is the labored, wannabe 'social message loudspeaker' second half that almost ruins it. Whenever Hindi Medium opts for seriousness and preachy monologuing it stumbles and falls. 

Irrfan Khan Rocks!
Irrfan Khan is exceptional here, nailing every scene, even lifting otherwise contrived scenes with sheer exuberance. Saba Qamar is decent as his wife. The criminally-talented Deepak Dobriyal makes us believe his character of a good-hearted poor man. 

Overall, Hindi Medium is a good one-time watch for its comic scenes. This could have been a mad satire if they had kept the comic ring going all through. The makers have Irrfan Khan to thank for holding the whole film together with sheer talent and uncanniness. Do watch it for Irrfan!

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