Mumbai: The film director Saket Chaudhary, who dealt with the fun side of romance and marriage, trains comic lenses for the Indian educational system in his third film. The protagonist of "Hindi Medium" is a wealthy businessman whose daughter was refused admission to school because his parents could not speak English.
Led by Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar, the film will be released in India on May 12. Chaudhary told Reuters about the film and Hindi-English split in the Indian education system.
Q: Where did the idea for "Hindi Medium" come from?
A: By the time we were writing "Shaadi Ke Side Effects", my co-author Zeenat Lakhani saw an article about a father whose daughter was denied hospitalization because he had only BA. I enrolled in an MBA program to take my daughter to a good school. The idea that parents would do something that could take their children to a good school hit us.
Q: How did the Hindi theme appear in the story?
A: What every parent wants for their children is a great education. A good education for many parents in this country is English education. Families who did not have the privilege to speak English fluently would be desperate to get it for their daughter. We met many families who suffered from this prejudice. They attended public schools and did not learn English until the fifth or sixth grade, especially not fluent. Despite their qualifications, they could not get a job when they came to the job market. We met a man with a master's (master of science) degree, but the only job he could find was a guard at the mall. It realized how privileged people we really knew English were actually.
Q: There are two topics here. Efforts to get into a good school and anxiety related to English. Which one do you want to focus more on in the movie?
A: Both are connected to each other. The idea is that all countries need to do is give every child the opportunity to grow. We may not grow up as an equal person, but we should begin to be given equal opportunities. The fact that the opportunity disappears right from the start is what we wanted to focus on. This education is divided into private school education and public school education or Hindi education and English education. These differences are with us and affect us for life.
Q: What humor do you aim for?
A: We have been writing comedy for quite some time now. Looking at the topic, you will find out what is inherently interesting. It may not be fun for parents but it is fun for someone outside. It's a long way for people to go to a good school. There is a guy in my family who has twins. They entered different schools and the family acted as if they thought it was a great tragedy. From the outside, it was very fun.
Q: Did Irrfan always choose the lead role first?
A: Not while we are writing stories. We didn't have anyone in mind. But when he wrote his first character selling designer lehengas (traditional Indian skirts) at his store in Karol Bagh, we knew it should be him. Irrfan is a great actor, but in "Piku" he got a sense of his cartoon timing. The way he plays comedy is that he is still a great actor who stimulates his personality and makes it fun. He does not play comedy. .