Heavily coated with rib-tickling humour, ‘Hindi Medium’ addresses several topics pertaining to modern-day concerns of urban people. At the heart of it all lays the dilemma and helplessness faced by parents in metropolitan India with regards to the convoluted admission processes in new-age schools. The protagonists live in a country, wherein proficiency in English is attributed to class and stature, while opulence isn’t considered synonymous with sophistication. This social malaise is arm-twisting people across various economic strata, to provide their children with the education of the highest pedigree.
The movie takes multiple jabs at the repugnant obsession towards English and the notable respect that fluency in the language frequently draws from Indians. Simultaneously, the widespread degradation and mockery of individuals with compromised English-speaking skills, at the hands of the high society, is brought to the fore.
The film demonstrates the lengths and breadths to which parents would go to offer their kids with the best education they can. But, it also showcases the overwhelming sense of community among the underprivileged and the heartless, ostracizing nature of the rich. There is a frail attempt at exposing the business dynamics in play in the current education system as well.
Evidently, director Saket Chaudary ends up biting more than he can chew. But, the crackling performances of Irfan Khan and Deepak Dobriyal make it a palatable watch. Chaudary opts for comedy as his preferred means of communicating the message and succeeds in doing so, primarily due to the sheer capabilities vested in his actors. There are emotional moments in the screenplay as well, which jump at you in an unexpectedly expected manner, yet will make you turn away from the screen due to the sheer brutality of the truth presented in those situations.
‘Hindi Medium’ is a fun film with a serious theme, delivered with minor hiccups. Not quite a masterpiece, ‘Hindi Medium’ will make you laugh and cry, perhaps not in equal measure, yet sufficiently to keep you engaged for the duration of the film. The absence of songs helps the narrative to run along smoothly. Tighter editing might have helped and the climax is altogether sanctimonious, but these flaws are largely nugatory thanks to an emphatic performance by the film’s leading man.