Certificate: U/A

Director: Harish Vyas

Starring: Sanjay Mishra, Pankaj Tripathi, Ekavali Khanna, Ipsita Chokroberty, Anshuman Jha, Brijendra Kala and Shivani Raghuvanshi

Screenplay: Aryan Saha, Harish Vyas

Drumroll Pictures and Shiny Entertainment’s ANGREZI MEIN KEHTE HAIN is a family drama and explores changing relationship between a middle aged couples. It’s about the realization that sometimes just loving someone is not enough and expressing that love is equally important. Postal department employee Yashwant Batra (Sanjay Mishra) and his wife Kiran (Ekavali Khanna) have a decidedly one sided relationship. He doesn’t care for her feelings, so long as she packs his lunch, supplies him ice for his evening drink. She suffers his noxious behaviour in silence, except for rolling her eyes every now and then. She breaks only when her spirited daughter Preeti (Shivani Raghuvanshi) points out that the marriage is as alive as one of the corpse that floats in the waters outside their ancestral Varanasi home. Yashwant has an observation that life is all about perspective. The cruelty in some of Yashwant’s declarations is breathtaking. When Kiran talks of leaving home, Yashwant reminds her that he hasn’t asked her to pay rent and that she can go to hell. Some parts of the film are pleasing in the way they bring out the dull familiarity that affects a well excavated relationship and both Sanjay Mishra and Ekavali Khanna fell sufficiently lived in. Parts of this film seem overstated, rather than subtly touched upon. Though the topic of the film is nice but it lacks freshness in it.

Technically the film is shot nicely; certain parts of the city Varanasi are captured beautifully by the cinematographer. Music is also okay. Editing is fine. Writing wise the character of the lead Sanjay Mishra should have been written more appropriately.

Performances wise Sanjay Mishra as Yashwant is good, his performance is up to the mark and Ekavali Khanna is luminous as Kiran, the housewife with too many calculations running inside her to respond completely to Yashwant’s pettiness is portrayed beautifully by her. Pankaj Tripathi makes his first unsavory cinematic appearances as Firoze, a husband whose goodness is so pre-calibrated that Tripathi gets to discover nothing between the scenes.  Rest of the cast plays their part well.

As a director Harish Vyas lacks the feeling of mush, for sentimentally and for easy resolutions that pop out in such flaccid characterizations. He understands how people fight but has not idea about how people love.

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