Before the trailer of ‘Hindi Medium’ begins, the audience is told that it is “based on true events”. But when the film was submitted to the Central Board of Film Certification, the makers were asked to issue a disclaimer stating that it was a work of fiction. However, when over 50 officials of the Directorate of Education (DoE), Delhi government; school teachers and parents recently attended a special screening of the film in the capital, they were convinced that the film was not just based on true events, it was also an apt representation of their reality. The screening had been especially organised by Irrfan for Delhi’s Education Minister Manish Sisodia. Gareeb toh koi nahin banta, par admission ke liye gareebi ka natak zaroor karte hain Dilliwale: Education official  In the film, when Delhi couple Raj and Meeta’s daughter doesn’t get admission in any well-known private school, a teacher suggests, “Aap gareeb quota se apply kyun nahin karte?” Meeta, played by Pakistani actress Saba Qamar, promptly replies, “Toh ban jaate hain gareeb!” The couple then shifts to Delhi’s Bharat Nagar area to play the part of being poor, and be approved as such when the school inspector comes to verify their address.  After watching the film, ‘Anima Horo’, School Inspector and DoE official, said, “It can’t be more real. It happens all the time that people from high-income groups apply for admission in schools through the EWS quota. When our team reaches for verification, we discover that the address is fake.” Another DoE official said, “It’s a shame, but people do this all the time. Irrfan wala case thoda unique hai film mein. Ghar toh kisi ne bhi shift nahin kiya hoga, par jhooth sab bolte hain iss category ke liye.”  Irrfan with Delhi’s Education Minister Manish Sisodia at the film’s special screening in the capital (BCCL/ Ranjit Kumar) The film’s message is apt, till we don’t improve the quality of education in government schools, the social divide will exist: Manish Sisodia.  Delhi’s Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodia was all praise for the film and Irrfan. While talking to Irrfan after the screening, he said, “Bahut hi achhi film banayi hai aur main Irrfanji ko, film ke director, scriptwriter aur poori cast ko badhai deta hoon. The message is apt – if we do not improve the quality of education in government schools not just in Delhi, but across the country, this social divide will remain. Irrfan has not just made a movie, he has given a great message to society.” Talking about the admission season mania, Sisodia added, “Dilli ka education minister hone ke naate aisi cheezein main roz dekhta hoon (how parents panic). Aur pichhle do saal se jab bhi admission season aata hai, aise parents roz aate hain mere paas aur unki koshish yahi rehti hai ki kisi tarah letter likh kar, phone kar ke, sifarish kar ke unke bachche ka admission Dilli ke kisi bade school mein ho jaye. And there are two reasons for it – the quality of education in private schools, and to show it off as a status symbol – and this movie addresses both the issues.” The Times of India : 17th. May,17


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