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Credits adapted from Bollywood Hungama:

Irrfan Khan as Raaj Batra
Delzad Hiwale as young Raj
Saba Qamar as Meeta Batra
Sanjana Sanghi as young Meeta
Dishita Sehgal as Piaa Batra, Raaj & Meeta's daughter
Amrita Singh as Principal Lodha Singhania
Deepak Dobriyal as Shyam Prakash
Neelu Kohli as Meeta's mother
Kiran Khoje as Sushila, Raaj & Meeta's house maid
Rajeev Gupta as Batra Master, Raaj's father
Sumit Gulati as Chhotu
Mallika Dua as Dolly, a customer at Batra Fashion Studio
Kulbir Kaur as Dolly's mother
Charu Shankar as Maya
Tillotama Shome as Saumya, a consultant
Rajesh Sharma as MLA
Taran Bajaj as Teashop owner, the man who settled Raaj & Meeta's house in Bharat Nagar
Ankur Jain as news reader
Swati Daas as Tulsi Prakash, Shyam's wife
Neha Dhupia as Aarti Suri, Kabir's wife (special appearance)
Sanjay Suri as Kabir Suri, Aarti's husband (special appearance)
Angshuman Nandi as Mohan Prakash, Shyam & Tulsi's son
Jason as Ayaan Suri, Kabir & Aarti's son
Anurag Arora as Mr. Kumar, Hindi Teacher at Delhi Grammar School
Jaspal Sharma as Raj's neighbor
Made on a production budget of ?14 crore, Hindi Medium was produced by Vijan of Maddock Films and Bhushan Kumar of T-Series. The film was directed by Chaudhary, his third after romantic comedy films Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006) and Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014). He came up with the idea of making a film about India's education system with his co-writer Zeenat Lakhani during the development of the latter film. They found the idea too extensive to include in Shaadi Ke Side Effects, so after its release, they decided to incorporate the idea into a separate film. Stating the reason to make Hindi Medium, Chaudhary said, "The subject is so relevant. We realised that today irrespective of the background of the parent, they still want to have the best education for the children."

Pre-production work began after the release of Shaadi Ke Side Effects. Chaudhary began working on the story at that time, and he chose Delhi as the film's key location. The production crew consisted primarily of people Chaudhary had worked with on Pyaar Ke Side Effects and Shaadi Ke Side Effects, with the exception of production designer Mustafa Stationwala—they are editor A. Sreekar Prasad; dialogue writer Amitosh Nagpal; and cinematographer Laxman Utekar. The score was composed by Amar Mohile.

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It was Khan's choice to cast Qamar in the film
On 29 May 2016, News18 reported the casting of Saba Qamar in the film, which marked her Bollywood debut. Khan had recommended the casting of Qamar to the makers of the film. He said, "When I saw her YouTube videos, I recommended her to the director and producer and they really liked her". Speaking about her role, Qamar said, "I play a person who didn't get an opportunity to fulfil her dreams so she comes up with a scheme about giving the daughter a life that she didn't have". Khan commented that he had accepted the role as it tackled the realistic subject of the challenges of obtaining a good education in India.

Qamar arrived in Mumbai from Pakistan in July 2016, and the film's principal photography began in the same month. The film was shot in Chandni Chowk, Anand Lok, Karol Bagh, and Sangam Vihar. The shooting was completed in October 2016. A song sequence was also filmed in Georgia. Qamar commented that she enjoyed working with Khan, and felt safe while shooting in Delhi. In the same interview with Pakistani newspaper Dawn, she commented that her experience wasn't affected by the nationalist far-right political party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's hostility towards Pakistan at the tim

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