Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain Review

Think Sanjay Mishra. And you know he can deliver the grouchy, dissatisfied with his life, crotchety father who works at the post office, quite well.


Think Anshuman Jha, and you know he will do his role of small town lad Jugnu, who is love with the crotchety dad's lovely daughter very well.


Think Brijendra Kala. And you know he will make a very sweet dad to Anshuman Jha. Slightly eccentric, he is a foil to Sanjay Mishra's Yash.


Think Preeti whom you saw last in Titli, makes a very pretty daughter Preeti who is in love with Jugnu and mostly good daughter to grouchy Sanjay Mishra.


Think Pankaj Tripathi and you know he can surpass any role given to him. In this film he is Firoz, the husband of Suman, who is on her deathbed. Pankaj Tripathi is shown to be the man who loves his wife so much he is willing to give up everything so she has a few more days to live. Pankaj Tripathi's very evident love stuns Sanjay Mishra (who has promised to and delivers a very important letter that would bring money for Suman's hospital stay) who is amazed at such display of emotion. Pankaj Tripathi is so good at this small role, you wish he were cast as Sanjay Mishra's grouchy dad role.


That brings us to last character in the story. Ekavali Khanna. Remember this name. This actor plays the long suffering yet quietly happy wife to grouchy Sanjay Mishra and mother to Preeti. She is the buffer between daughter and father, the foundation on which grouchy Sanjay Mishra can live his grouchy life smoothly. This actor is magnificent. She is beautiful in close-ups, conveying her hurt and love and every other emotion demanded by the role with ease. And she's stunningly beautiful. She's wearing sarees, and salwaar kameezes in the film, and you want to know where the costume design person sourced these clothes because you want to buy them. You also wonder, how is it possible that Sanjay Mishra is unable to say that he loves this woman? The audiences sighed and fell in love with her wonderful screen presence!


Sanjay Mishra is a fine actor. And you know and understand his dilemma. The fact that he doesn't realise that love needs to be expressed, and he hopes 'she understands that I love her even though I don't say it' is very obvious. His ego is wonderfully written and his change of heart is also good. Although his attempts of wooing his wife back are so terrible, one thinks the film is going to go off the rails and shoot itself in the foot. Thankfully the awful sequence is just an aberration (maybe the newbie director could not rein in the overacting by a senior actor like Sanjay Mishra) and the film is back on track.


The end is horribly predictable because we love the wife's character so much, and it seems like a compromise because Sanjay Mishra's patriarchal character is 'hero'. But all in all, if you know someone who is unable to express their love, drag them to this lovely little film.

A lovely story about love, duty, everyday life set in Benaras. A grouchy, crotchety man who does his duty by his wife and daughter announces that he has arranged for his daughter to be married off. The daughter rebels and questions her dad: do you even know what is love? How the question is answered is this lovely tale of heartache and love and new beginnings. (3.5) - Manisha Lakhe

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