Banners: NFDC, Drumroll Pictures,
Producers: Manav Malhotra, Bunty Khaan
Director: Harish Vyas
Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Pankaj Tripathi,
Ekavali Khanna, Anshuman Jha, Shivani
Raghuvanshi, Brijendra Kala
Writer: Harish Vyas
Music: Pravin Kunwar, Oni-Adil,
They are just three words – ‘I love you’ – but they are probably the most difficult words to say. And it is even more difficult to reveal what the heart wants to say when you have known someone for several decades and have taken them for granted almost all your life. Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain explores the relationship of one such couple as they rediscover their love for each other.
Yashwant Batra is a 50-plus married man, who lives in Varanasi with his wife Kiran and daughter Preeti. His daily routine is very linear – home to work and back. An employee of the Indian Postal Service, Yashwant’s outlook to life is as boring as his daily job.
On the other hand, his wife of 24 years, Kiran, is a loving woman who spends every waking moment taking care of her family and home. She tries hard to get at least one word of appreciation from her husband, only to be disappointed every time. Her only support is Preeti, who understands her mother’s feelings but is not able to do anything about it.
Unlike her mother, Preeti is focussed on living her life filled with love and she has found that with Jugnu. Life goes on as usual but, one day, Yashwant decides that he is going to get Preeti married to a boy of his choice. Due to this sudden pressure from her father, Preeti and Jugnu get married and keep it a secret from their families. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Preeti is forced to reveal the news of the marriage to her parents.
All hell breaks loose and Yashwant ends up blaming Kiran for the marriage fiasco. In the process, the relationship between Yashwant and Kiran reaches a breaking point, forcing Kiran to leave for her mother’s home. Left alone, Yashwant discovers his love for Kiran, inspired by the love story of a stranger, Feroz and his wife Suman. Thus begins Yashwant’s efforts to win Kiran back.
Harish Vyas’ story is simple but very layered. He has woven together three love stories, and the ending of each celebrates different emotions of love. The characters are real and easy to connect with. The interactions and incidents are not dramatic. The scenes where Yashwant tries to prove his love to Kiran seem a little out of place but are fun to watch. The setting of the film is Varanasi and every frame captures not only the city’s beautiful ghats but also old and vintage houses. The look and feel is authentic and adds to the charm of the film. A special mention must be made about the music. The songs are Hindustani classical-based and blend perfectly with the mood of the story.
Performance-wise, Sanjay Mishra has time and again proved that he is an actor par excellence and as Yashwant Batra, he is at his best. He gets into the skin of his character. His transformation from a husband who doesn’t care to that of a sensitive one is a beautiful process. He conveys the change through his words and actions amazingly. Ekavali Khanna as Kiran is believable.
Anshuman and Shivani as Jugnu and Preeti are sweet. Brijendra Kala as Jugnu’s father is hilarious. His comedy lightens the otherwise somewhat serious mood of the narrative. Pankaj Tripathi as Feroz has just a couple of scenes but he manages to entice you with his love story. He proves once again whether one scene or many, dialogue or no dialogue, he makes his presence felt, regardless.
Verdict: Worth a dekho!