‘Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain’ falls short of script, novelty

Film: Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain;
Director: Harish Vyas;
Cast: Sanjay Misra, Pankaj Tripathi, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Brijendra Kala

By   |  Published: 18th May 2018  8:38 pm
Film fails to convert potential into reality.

Harish Vyas takes a look at matrimony. Decades ago Basu Bhattacharya made his ‘matrimonial trilogy’ dealing with Amar and Mansi. This is a return of sorts to the premise, but different. Only similarity is the basic premise. The one comparative distinction is perhaps city vs town paradigm.

Moving on, to tell the story: Yashwant Batra (Sanjay Misra) is at the cusp of his retirement. Living on the banks of Ganga with his wife Kiran (Ekavalli Khanna) and daughter Preeti (Shivani Raghuvanshi). As a typical middle-class dad, he has no time for romance. He does not accept the brewing romance of his daughter with the guy in the neighbourhood, Jugnu (Anshuman Jha).

Life, bereft of niceties, gets mundane and heavy. Relationships are taken for granted like a morning cup of tea. The drift into the humdrum slowly takes its toll when expectations differ. After two and a half decades, Kiran decides to talk her mind. Pushed to the wall, her endurance tested she calls a spade a spade. In an unguarded moment Yash decides that he can live without her. A stunned Kiran returns to her brother Ravi (Imran Zahid) who never approved of his ‘middle-class’ brother-in-law. The family gets together for the wedding of Preeti. Having performed their parental duties, the couple parts ways.

The less than two-hour film that deals with how life is compulsively different from Mills and Boon could have surely been far more effective. Vyas gets caught or at least finds it convenient to place himself and his characters in predictable moulds – the silent dutiful wife, the rebellious daughter, the obliging suitor and the ‘available and friendly’ neighbour. He then adds a punch lacking parallel story of Firoz (Pankaj Tripati) who is madly in love with his terminally ill wife. This super imposed purported tale in contrast simply fails to fit. The script screams for speed and novelty – both in short supply.

The main stay of the film is the sincere narrative aptly executed with amazing dignity by the lead pair- particularly Ekavalli Khanna. The ever-dependable Sanjay Misra lives up to the expectations. Not reduced to miniscule appearance he makes right use of the opportunity. Ekavalli is amazing as she gives the role a high credibility quotient, reminding you of Nimrat

Kaur and Tabu. Her wardrobe warrants special mention.
The film fails to convert potential into reality. That is its major failure. A failure you are resigned to like the committed life partner is, in the script.