Hindi-Medium Soup for the English-Medium Soul

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Hindi-Medium Soup for the English-Medium Soul

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


indi Medium is a two-hour-long wake-up call to the privilege of an English-medium education in India. And it is a good one.

Our obsession with English as a country is succinctly summarised by the overprotective mother Mita (Saba Qamar) in a hilarious scene, where she schools her husband into going to unthinkable lengths to ensure their daughter is a student of the top school in the city. Her husband is reluctant but she tells him, “Sarkari school mein jayegi toh kuch nahi seekh payegi. Koi English mein baat karega toh uski ruh kaap jayegi. Fit nahi ho payegi society mein toh lonely aur depressed ho jayegi. Aur agar usne drugs lena shuru kar diya toh?”