Updated May 18, 2017 06:35pm

"A sheer delight onscreen": Bolly critics review Saba Qamar's debut in Hindi Medium

Saba Qamar's Bollywood debut film Hindi Medium premiered in India yesterday and what do critics have to say about her performance?

We find out.

1) Some say Saba is just as good as Irrfan Khan!

"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’." — Hindustan Times

"Irrfan Khan is effortless in his act of the adorable father who is [perennially] confused and amused by how things in Delhi’s English speaking, brand consious elite society works. Pakistani actress Saba Qamar nails the act of the ambitious mother who wants her daughter to live a life that she couldn’t. They together are funny and will keep you entertained throughout the movie. — India.com

Also read: We approached Saba Qamar without thinking about her Pakistani nationality, says Hindi Medium director

##2) A few believe that Saba was actually let down by the script.

"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." — Indian Express.

"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." — First Post

3) Others feel Saba's performance was a debut done right.

"Saba Qamar surprises you with a very effective performance, acting as a perfect foil to Irrfan’s act. I was disappointed with what Raees did with Mahira’s role, but Saba gets a very meaty part with a nice arc and she does complete justice to it". — Bollywood Life

"Saba Qamar shines bright in her Bollywood debut. She is hot, beautiful and most importantly, a great actor." — Deccan Chronicle

4) We can say some are simply blown away by her acting prowess.

Times of India calls Saba Qamar "sheer delight onscreen".

"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. Saba is a find; she layers her dramatic character with all shades of over the top and is phenomenal at it." — PinkVilla


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Brahmdgh May 18, 2017 10:17pm

Another one to trade self respect for more money than one needs

ALI May 18, 2017 11:16pm

@Brahmdgh Your comment is quite irritating and betrays a holier than thou attitude. More power to Saba as she progresses in her career.

k k tiwari May 19, 2017 12:05am

Saba is so adorable i just can not express in words , i saw many serials of her , missing badly as Zindagi channel has stopped airing Pakistani serials featuring her

Saqib ghumman May 19, 2017 12:47am

Great Job. Well done ,a fantastic achievement for this smart and hardworking actress better than MK.

charu May 19, 2017 09:34am

She is way better than Mahira, and bollywood heroines

Syed Ahmed May 19, 2017 10:01am

@Brahmdgh o come show the Indian we got telant 2

Truth prevails May 19, 2017 10:19am

Far better actress than Mahira!! I loved her acting in the film. But problem with media is they run after poor actors like SRK who cant perform challenging roles and dont dare to work with low profile producers and directors. I like the approach of saba as she has very well accepted the challenge of her role and fully justified it!! Hope to see her in another film soon!!

Comment May 19, 2017 10:26am

@Brahmdgh What is your problem if someone else make money? Do not watch the movie... it is that simple.

N Gujaranwala May 19, 2017 11:34am

She is adorable and fine actress. She should work in Bollywood. Talent should not go to waste. She has a price in Bollywood.

hassan May 19, 2017 11:57am

@Brahmdgh What self respect? Look around you. Don't you think that with money you can get anything done in Pakistan.

PradA May 20, 2017 09:12am

She comes across as a very intelligent lady. Such people can handle any role.

nuzhat May 20, 2017 11:01am

saba and irrfan...what a beautiful, charming combo! more power to saba!

KB May 21, 2017 11:41am

Indeed good work by Saba. Wish her good luck for future projects.

san May 22, 2017 11:00am

Film is definitely a big hit.This week end watched this movie in nearby PVR.Theatre was houseful even in the night show. Both Irfan and Saba's acting was superb and story,direction, dialogues were simply amazing!!!Kudos to the director.Overall a good entertaining film.

Aamer May 22, 2017 04:12pm

She did much better then Mahira Khan.

Salman Sarwar May 23, 2017 12:53pm

Her acting prowess comes hand in hand with her natural charm.