Hindi Medium Movie Review

Hindi Medium Movie Review 2017: Irrfan Swats Away The Tedium

CRITIC'S RATING    3.0/5
AVG READERS' RATING:    3.5/5
Movie Name
Hindi Medium
DIRECTION
Saket Chaudhary
GENRE
Drama, Comedy
DURATION
02 hours 14 minutes

Hindi Medium Review

The heart’s in the right place and the general theme of getting your child into the right school will resonate with many parents. Writer-director Saket Choudhry correctly chooses to take the light-hearted route to deliver what sets out to be a substantial message.
Raj Batra is an amusing man to watch as he sells his ‘original imitations’ of designer-wear to easily charmed customers. When English-spouting wife Mithu summons, he rushes in his BMW. He’s the rich, Hindi-speaking besotted husband who’ll go along with any plan that the wife decides. And the wife who has OCD over anything to do with daughter Pia is hell-bent on getting her admitted to an upper-crust school.
The feeling of fun continues as they move to a swank neighborhood to be accepted by the suave and the stylish, and they enroll with a school consultant to be groomed for the admission procedure. For high society acceptance, Mithu even makes Raj call her ‘Honey’ and stop dancing to Sukhbir’s ‘Oh ho ho ho’.
But the only time Raj’s heart does make a connect is when Mithu’s hare-brained scheme takes them to a slum to get admission through the poor quota.
As Mithu and Raj shift from Chandni Chowk to Vasant Vihar and then the hut, somewhere along the way, writer-director Saket Choudhry loses his way.
What does Saket want to address? That padhai has become a dhanda? Hindi medium versus angrezi? Sarkari schools versus private ones? RTE? Reservation? The rich taking away a poor child’s seat? Or is the film about the snooty rich and those who live in squalor but have hearts of gold?
The main faultline is that Saket Choudhry who went nowhere with his marital mess in Shaadi Ke Side Effects once again tries to bring too many issues to the table. It’s also a major concern that the screenplay is somewhat outdated in an era of online admissions and IB schools who are open to any decent parent with deep pockets.
Saket overdoes it all. Mithu sneering at her ‘vernac’ husband and asking him, “Iski spelling aati hai?” Or, ending her tantrums with, ‘What if it drives Pia to drugs?’ It all stops being comic when it’s repeated ad nauseam. Irrfan’s outburst at the end is also too predictably preachy.
Ultimately, it’s the humor and Irrfan Khan’s impeccable timing that carry the film. A few marks also go to Deepak Dobriyal who fills in the emotional quotient admirably. And Pakistani actress Saba Qamar makes a perfect Mithu. The music too has variety.
But many points don’t add up. School principal Amrita Singh suddenly turns mean. Sarkari school kids perform at a swank school but the parents don’t realize it’s not their kids up there on stage.

Analysis

    Direction
    3/5
  • Dialogues
    4/5
  • Story
    3/5
  • Music
    4/5
  • Screen Play
    3/5

The Verdict

The film does amuse and it does have the right touch of emotions but it stumbles in its overall impact. Therefore, Hindi Medium gets a 3-star rating.

Rasik Tirodkar    24 May 2017

I agree with this review. The movie has honest intentions but cliches, melodrama and predictability mars the film.

The performances are all good, though, and go a long way in making the movie watchable.


 

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