Headlines from China: Indian Film ‘Hindi Medium’ Won Over China’s Middle Class Moviegoers

a still from “Hindi Medium”

Indian Film ‘Hindi Medium’ Won Over China’s Middle Class Moviegoers

Since it was released in China last Wednesday, Indian film Hindi Medium has not only raked in millions of dollars, but also stirred up discussions amongst Chinese moviegoers about Children’s education. The film tells the story of a couple who aspire to give their daughter the best education and thus be a part of and accepted by the elite of Delhi. As China continues to develop economically, the relationship between education and social mobility becomes a major issue concerning every Chinese parent. The anxiety depicted in Hindi Medium is something that Chinese people, especially middle-class parents, can strongly relate to. Read more on yuledujiaoshou

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