After mesmerising us thrice last year with his performances in films like Madaari and Hollywood outing Inferno, alongside Tom Hanks and also with his funny voice over in superhit The Jungle Book‘s Hindi version, Irrfan Khan will now be seen in Hindi Medium, a film directed by Saket Chaudhary, which will show him in an unusual avatar. The actor will be seen playing a rich Punjabi businessman and clothes store owner from Chandni Chowk who is married to Pakistani actress Saba Qamar. A source revealed that, “The film was shot on real locations like Chandni Chowk, Anand Lok, Karol Bagh and Sangam Vihar to keep things authentic. Irrfan met with and recorded clips of shopkeepers and salesmen while they went about their daily business to prepare for his role.”
“The idea was to capture the essence of affluent Chandni Chowk residents who are known to favour flashy things, so the actor will be seen sporting leather jackets and jhatak clothes; the look is bright and colorful.” added the source. Interestingly, the people that are shown working in Irrfan’s store were selected from real shops. Besides Chandni Chowk, the film was also shot at the posh South Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida.
Hindi Medium is a light hearted slice of life romantic film about a young couple in Chandni Chowk in Delhi, who aspire to move into society’s upper crust. The film traces the trails and tribulations the couple faces on this journey and the impact it has on their relationship. It also stars Deepak Dobriyal of Tanu Weds Manu fame in an important character. And if Irrfan is to be believed then he has become a fan of his, as he revealed during the promotions of Inferno.