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Hindi Medium Review: A Poignant Take On English Language In The Country!

Hindi Medium - Movie Review
Written by Archit Chawla

Hindi Medium is a Hindi drama movie which released last week throughout the country. It stars none other than Irrfan Khan and newcomer Saba Qamar in the lead roles and is directed by Saket Chaudhary who has delivered quite a fine product with this flick. The movie is set in a time period where the English language has overpowered Hindi in the country and people take pride in speaking this foreign language. This latest Hindi movie is a poignant take on the society which only tends to accept people if they speak in English.

The movie is about a girl who is admitted to an English medium school due to her mother’s insecurities and fear and how parents wish the best for their children and one such ‘gift’ they want to give them is education in a hi-fi English medium school. Though both the parents have studied in Hindi schools, are hell-bent on ensuring that their daughter has the best education. And by that, they refer to getting the child in some posh school after investing loads of money and effort. The first half of the film is laden with light moments, while the second half has emotions that will easily touch your heart and leave a long lasting impact.

It looks like a light-hearted movie and Irrfan Khan has nailed both the looks; one which is of an uber cool and ultra rich man, and the other of a person who is down to rags and applies for his daughter’s school admission through ‘gareeb quota’. We saw this actor last in the movie Madaari last year, and he is back this time to win the audiences’ hearts with his stunning performance. He is known to be a thinking actor with very definite views of society and culture and is one of the best actors we have got in Bollywood. He is also one of the most famous Indian celebrities outside India and has been part of big Hollywood projects like Inferno, Life Of Pi , Jurassic World and Slumdog Millionaire.

Another plus point for the movie is the screenplay, which is just brilliant. Director Saket Chaudhary, who has previously directed Pyaar Ke Side Effects, has focused on the loopholes in India’s educational system and the bizarre things one has to endure to get their child the best available education in an English school. He has beautifully portrayed in this new Hindi movie, the class divide that the ‘language of the privileged’ has created. To add up to all the brilliance this movie has, the songs like Suit Suit and Ishq Tera Tadpave will be the cherry on the icing on the cake in this satirical comedy film.

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Archit Chawla

Coming from the land of temples and Gods, he is no 'saint'. Archit Chawla is a highly motivated, controlling and a narcissistic nut with an inclination towards sports. He loves to spend his time playing tennis, binge-watching DC and Marvel stuff and karaokeing in the places he shouldn't. He is a big time 'Don Draper' fan and you wouldn't want to argue with him when it comes to 'Game Of Thrones'. With a friendly personality and the famous curls, he is unarguably our first 'Go To' person.

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