Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain: Movie Review
1 year ago Pallabi Dey Purkayastha | TOI 0
When love goes flying out of the window, a middle-aged couple struggles to keep their lives together and rekindle their romance that was long buried under the burden of domestic responsibilities.
REVIEW: People meet, fall in love and after a few years of staying together and crawling through the madness that is life, they come face-to-face with the reality that love is after all a transient emotion. Set in the land of Ganges-Varanasi, ‘Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain’ is a stark reflection of perhaps the mind-set of every middle-aged couple in the world, scouting for answers pertaining to lack of love between them and this couple in question, is no different.
Everything seems to be going well for Yashwant Batra (Sanjay Mishra)—a pot-bellied government servant who has a submissive wife Kiran (Ekavali Khanna) and a rebellious daughter Preeti (Shivani Raghuvanshi)—but there is a strong aura of disappointment and years of pent up frustration that looms over the Batra household. Both the ladies desire to be loved and treated as equals, but the patriarch demands his wife stays in the kitchen and daughter marries the groom of his choice and not her neighbourhood lover (Anshuman Jha).
The film has an impactful start, the kind that makes you sit back and ponder. The content, at least for the first part, is very relatable and its execution shows the plight of any woman who suffers in silence in a loveless marriage. The screenplay begins to go haywire after the interval, when the once stubborn Yashwant Batra resolves to win his wife back. The tactics that he resorts to are clichéd and that takes away from the impact of the film. The parallel love story of Firoz (Pankaj Tripathi) and Suman, which also serves as an underlying theme in this story, is interesting but gets an abrupt end.
Ekavali Khanna as an aloof and withdrawn persona has done complete justice to the role of a docile and demure small-town Indian homemaker. Sanjay Mishra, too, has played his part of a male chauvinist, control freak aptly. Pankaj Tripathi, Anshuman Jha, Brijendra Kala and Shivani Raghuvanshi have done their roles well too.
The problem is not with acting or cinematography, it is the script that makes what could have been an exceptional tale of loss of love, a run-of-the-mill Bollywood masala flick.