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People look down upon you if you can't speak in English, says Irrfan Khan


The Hindi Medium (2017) actor laments that English-speaking Indians are presumed to be superior to their non-English-speaking compatriots.

Mayur Lookhar

Irrfan Khan seldom does run-of-the-mill stuff. Comedy, though, is one genre that the intense actor hasn’t explored much. We have seen Khan display his humorous side in Piku (2015). The actor will be seen playing another comedic role in Saket Chaudhary’s Hindi Medium, which is scheduled to be released on 12 May.

Hindi Medium is a satirical take on the obsession of parents to get their children admitted in an English-medium school. While English, or any foreign language, is not the issue, the problem lies in how English has become the cause of a class division.

Khan unveiled the trailer of Hindi Medium via a Twitter video chat where he made a few pertinent observations.

Education or upbringing, Khan was asked what is more important. The actor replied, “Both are equally important, but there is one difference. If you have the right education, one that has evolved you, then you can uncondition your upbringing. That is, it is imperative that you get the right education."

Khan had no qualms in admitting that the two languages have created a barrier in schools. "People have to face troubles when they are weak in English. People look upon you differently. Somewhere in the subconscious mind, we have this notion that one who speaks in English is a slightly superior person." he said.

Hindi Medium sees Khan working with Pakistani actress Saba Qamar who makes her debut in Indian cinema.