A social issue at its base, Saba Qamar and Irrfan Khan’s aahmazing acting, and a fast-paced plot – at least in the first half – was enough for Hindi Medium to garner positive reviews by the leading Indian publications. If reviews are anything to go by (which they are), Saba Qamar’s Bollywood debut has hit home. According to Deccan Chronicle, “It is a magic you will never forget,” while TOI thinks, “[Saket] Chaudhary gets the grammar of the subject right”. In short, the film was a hit with the critics.
More importantly, Saba Qamar was acting opposite acting powerhouse, Irrfan Khan, and it had us worried…really worried. We didn’t want her to fail and thankfully, she didn’t.
Here’s what the Indian media thought about Qamar’s big Bollywood debut.
“Saba Qamar shines bright in her Bollywood debut. She is hot, beautiful and most importantly, a great actor.”
Times Of India
“Saba, as the OTT, dominating wife is sheer delight onscreen.
“As an understanding and deeply in love husband, Khan is a treat to watch in Hindi Medium. Qamar is equally effective and funny as a wife who keeps saying ‘stand ho jao’ and ‘lonely and depressed’.”
“Saba Qamar, fine Pakistani import, plays his wife, and she’s stunningly natural (please shut your eyes, if you have issues with Pak artistes; yeah, I’m talking to you, troll).”
And whoever found Saba Qamar, take a bow! It’s rather unfortunate that due to political myopia, we won’t get to see enough of her in our movies.
Then there were a few reviewers who pointed towards the downside of Hindi Medium. They termed the writing flat and stereotyping too strong to be digestible.
“Saba Qamar’s hyper mom who is happy to be a `chalta-phirta’ brand factory in order to get her well-shod foot in the door, gets some moments, but is made to repeat a few lines over and over again, and gets tiresome.”
“Saba’s character, on the other hand, comes across as one-dimensional. She is an insecure mother who lets herself fall prey to the fear of failure instilled in her by society and the educational institutes. However, if her back story, which has not been explored much in the film, is taken into account, you do feel the place where all her nagging comes from.”
Hindi Medium is the first bollywood film (starring a Pakistani actor) which will be released in Pakistan after the ban on bollywood films.