Verdict: A lovely slice-of-life drama that wonderfully captures the beauty of Varanasi.
Indian cinema is known for its romantic movies. Every once in a while, Bollywood churns out an extraordinary romantic film, which makes us believe in the power of love. And they have done it again – this time with Harish Vyas’ family drama. Angrezi Mein Kehte Hai features a cast of some of the best actors in Indian cinema with a never-seen-before story set in the beautiful backdrop of Varanasi.
What’s Angrezi Mein Kehte Hai About:
After a fantastic opening credit featuring the beauty of Varanasi, the movie begins with a regular day at the Batra house. Kiran (Ekavali Khanna) is working in the kitchen, and the daughter Preeti (Shivani Raghuvanshi) is getting ready for college, while her lover and neighbor, Jugnu (Anshuman Jha) waits for her outside the house. Chaos ensues when the patriarch of the family, Yashwant (Sanjay Mishra) wakes up, ruining the peaceful vibe of the house with his constant frustration. While this might be a routine for Kiran, she still craves the love and attention of her husband, who is too self-involved to care for his wife’s needs. But Kiran has had enough and only once she leaves the house and Yashwant behind, does he realize the love that blooms for his wife of 24 years.
As you can see, this film is unlike the romance movies in Bollywood. Primarily, it lacks the strong and confident hero who can sweep the heroine off her feet. This is the story of every middle-aged frustrated Indian man who does not know how to express his feelings. Sanjay Mishra is the perfect choice for this role, even though he is more suited to the comedy genre. His constant bickering and despaired demeanor add much to his character. Ekavali Khanna is a breath of fresh air. She looks radiant in comparison to her co-star, which brings a quirky flavor to their relationship. Shivani Raghuvanshi and Anshuman Jha have smaller parts to play but impress in their roles. Brijendra Kala brings the dose of humor that is much-needed in between all the family drama. Pankaj Tripathi makes a few appearances but adds much value to the story.
Cinematographer Faroukh Mistry deserves a special mention for his beautiful portrayal of the picturesque Varanasi. Apart from the opening credit, the city’s splendor, as well as the hustle and bustle, is captured in various instances, especially in the songs. The movie will definitely make you consider visiting Varanasi all over again.
What Could’ve Been Better:
While the movie is tight at one hour and 45 minutes of runtime, some of the scenes seemed unnecessarily stretched out. A couple of songs could have been done away with, making the film crisper.
Why You Should Watch:
If you want to unwind this weekend with a light, breezy drama, this is the movie to watch. Angrezi Mein Kehte Hai has elements of romance and comedy, with a fun flavor that can be enjoyed with your whole family.