A funny dark satire about societal norms and keeping up with the Jones and the state of education in our country and how English has become ‘the’ language for success rather than our national language Hindi. Ravi Batra (Irrfan Khan) and his wife Mita (Saba Qamar) want their daughter Pia Batra (Dishita Sehgal) to get admission to the elite rich schools of New Delhi rather than the backwaters of Chandni Chowk in Delhi where they have a well to do garment business but Mita is upset about their lower income bracket backdrop rather than the high society of New Delhi where people throw fantastic parties and holiday in London and Paris and eat in Nobu and shop in London. Ravi is quite adjusted but his wife wants to be a part of the English speaking society and wants to give her the elite education which she was deprived of and this has given her a complex so much that she forces her husband to try to gain admission into high grade schools of Delhi where there are lines everywhere for admission and the parents have to prepare for their interviews. All their efforts go futile when Mita’s college friend Sanjay Suri suggests a consultant (Tillotama Shome) and she helps the couple to ‘prepare’ for the admission and this too goes futile when she suggests them to procure a seat from the poor children seats quota and for this they go to a jhuggi type of a residential area where they have to stand in line for water, ration and even sanitation water but they do this all for their daughter but the family gets a new friend in Shyam (Deepak Dobriyal) and his wife Swati Das who help them as anyone can and now Ravi gets a job in a biscuit factory which he finds funny and his friend Shyam even goes to the extent of getting himself under a car to get the admission money for Raj’s daughter who is selected but Shyam’s daughter is rejected. Raj has a change of heart and donates a lot of money to a lesser school where even Shyam’s children study and he wants to thank the unknown benefactor and he gets the shock of his life when he finds that it his best friend Ravi and his wife and so in a fit of fury he wants to disclose everything to the tough to crack principal Amrita Singh but Ravi’s daughter comes to meet him and gives him a hug and he has a change of heart but this time round Ravi feels bad and discloses everything on the Annual Day of the school. The film has a funny script and situations and dialogues especially the ones where, Raj and Mita try to get into high society which reminds one of Beverly Hillybillies. The film also has shades of ‘Jhooti Shaan’ and ‘Baat Ban Jaaye’. Irrfan plays the colloquial modern society man to the hilt and his wife Saba Qamar is a good foil for him. Dishita Sehgal is cute and acts well. Sanjay Suri, Tillotama Shome, Amrita Singh, Swati Das, support well. Deepak Dobriyal acts in his usual funny serious self and brings the house down. Neha Dhupia shines in a cameo. Saket Chaudhary lives up-to the expectations of making satirical funny films. The DOP Laxman Uttekar has shot the Delhi locales well. The music by Sachin-Jigar is good. The film has good entertainment value plus a very significant message.
At the box-office
The film has taken a decent start and given its already great word of mouth, the film has all the ingredients to be a surprise big winner at the box-office.