Verdict - An on point satire about the rotten education system and the constant class-war.
Saket Chaudhary’s third movie,Hindi Medium is a precise satire on the education system, that highlights the plight of private schools and the “training” , they give to their students to survive in the rat race. It is mainly about the struggle of admissions but it also draws clear attention towards the class struggle. The struggle of an ordinary man of Chandni Chowk to break into the Vasant Vihar gentry.
Raj (Irffan Khan) is an owner of a “fashion studio” in Chandni Chowk, where he claims to have First copies of all the designer wears and calls himself a local tycoon, while Meeta (Saba Qamar) an over dramatic mother desperately wants her daughter to get admission in a famous Angrezi School. They do everything they can , move out of their ancestral home into a plush neighborhood, abandon their desi swag for designer wear and even throw parties for their new neighbors so that their daughter makes english speaking friends and gets an admission in one of the Top 5 schools of Delhi.
From standing in queues from 5am in the morning to get admission forms, to getting a training for themselves as well, they did it all. But nothing works.
So they go for plan B, and this is where the fun begins. They try to get admission by the “Gareeb Quota” and leave their bungalow to live in the slums, where they meet Sham Prakash (Deepak Dobriyal) a daily wage worker whose innocence and humanity will make your heart melt.
The story becomes meaty in the second half, and now you can see the movie going somewhere.
Living in the slums, teaches them what the “so called” training couldn’t. The climax is predictable but the message is intact and powerful. You can now actually relate with Saba when she says “Yahan Angezi ek Zaban Nahi, Class hai”
Irrfan’s acting is bang on, he nails it as the struggling father swinging between his "Old Delhi- desi" upbringing and the new "South Delhi-high class" lifestyle. while Saba looks cute as the over dramatic wife.
Deepak Dobhriyal brings life to the second half of the movie. He is a delight to watch. Tillotama Shome’s character of a career counselor (Yes, career counselor of primary school children) is an excellently written character, it throws light on the competition a child has to face, even in primary school.
The writers Saket and Zeenat Lakhani have written beautifully, and the message is strong.