Short comings notwithstanding sometimes dominating performances so strongly sell a film that all other factors are pushed in to the background. Trust Irfan Khan and the extremely talented Deepak Dobriyal to do just that .
Angrezi Medium show cases the many (too many actually) moods of our cinema that we euphemistically call a complete film. Here is a film from Homi Adjania that has passion, love, history, drama comedy…. However over powering the predictable ingredients is the performances that makes the movie.
The promos have said it all leaving very little to guess. It is about the travails trials tribulations of a single parent (the Dad) who would stop at nothing to fulfill the dreams of daughter to go to the Queen’s own land for education. Thematically it could touch a chord with many a viewer in a multiplex who would empathize with a struggling parent from an Indian town (Udaipur in this instance) who cannot fathom why the little one wants to leave the shores of the land and still pays for it.
Champak Bansal (Irfan) is a sweet meat seller in Udaipur who has a long history for confusion. As a single parent he goes the extra mile to bring a smile on his daughters face. The daughter Tarika (Radhila Madan) dreams for higher education in UK. Dad Champak however is in a constant banter with his cousin Gopi (Dobriyal) on the trademark of the sweet shop. Tarika makes a valiant attempt at school to be among the top three to get admission in UK not only to be mucked up by Dad who exposes the local judge (Zakir Hussain) of corruption and resultantly invites the wrath of the school principal (Meghna Malik).
To make good the loss he decides to some how ensure that his daughter gets a seat in a college in UK. Champak and Gopi land in UK with Tarika but a major goof up gets the police into action and the two are deported. They are ready for all means fair or foul to return to England which they do with the assistance of Tony (Pankaj Tripathi). Their blundering ways also attracts the attention of the local lady police officer Naina (Kareena). Soon they make friends with Naina’s mom Mrs Kohli (Dimple Kapadia). As illegal immigrants they are under constant pressure to hide their real identity and pass of for a while as Abdul Razack and Saqlain Mustaaq.
While the first half is engaging and keeps you smiling most of the time, in the post interval session the film maker tries just too much, places multiple tracks half heartedly and leaves too many loose ends one of which is the cause for the bitterness between the Naina and her Mom.
What overshadows the many potholes in the script is the top ranking performances. Kareena has a small role. In fact she enters the film after the interval. Yet, she is good. It is a pleasant experience seeing Dimple Kapadia who appeared in the film maker’s earlier films Finding Fanny and Being Cyrus. She is so perfect in her role you wonder why the big names do not think of casting her more often. Pankaj Tripathi is wasted in a miniscule role. Radhika Madan is good but tries a tad too much. The film however truly belongs as said herein before the class and genius of Irfan and Deepak Dobriyal.
Apart from dealing with a father daughter relationship, it deals with the theory of a gals right to make her choices and that is, Kudi ko nachne de moment.