First publised on 2020-03-17 16:07:47
Angrezi Medium is a film about how a father will move mountains to fulfill the wishes of his only daughter. It is a film about their relationship. It is also a film that is badly written, has too many sub-plots and loose ends. But in the end, it is a film that has the right emotional quotient and brings a smile to your face only because of Irrfan and Deepak Dobriyal and to a lesser extent, Radhika Madan. If the first two are seasoned actors who breathe life in their roles, Madan makes an exciting debut and is certainly someone to watch out for.
Irrfan plays Champak, a mithai shop owner (having a running tiff about the original name Ghasitaram with his brother Gopi (Deepak Dobriyal) who has a shop across the street) and a single parent whose world starts and ends with his daughter. She is a bright and ambitious girl who wants to escape the dull and drab life of Udaipur and study in a foreign university. Champak tries to dissuade her but when she wins a scholarship for a university in London he relents and starts making preparations to send her there. But he accidentally gets the scholarship canceled and the movie is about how he tries to arrange for the amount needed to get her a seat without the scholarship.
The film, despite all its flaws, survives a washout mainly because of the two relationships - one between the father and the daughter and the other between the two mithai-shop owning brothers. The moments between Irrfan and Radhika are endearing and keep one engrossed. But it is the banter between Irrfan and Dobriyal that engages the viewer more as the lines are very sharp and both actors get under the skin of the characters.
Although Angrezi Medium will seem boring for some time and the viewer would lose interest, the performance of Irrfan Khan will keep him glued to his seat. The other actors also play their small parts to perfection. Kareena Kapoor Khan as a cop in London is good, so is Pankaj Tripathi as a fixer who gets people illegally into the UK. Kiku Sharda as the childhood buddy of the two brothers is his usual comic self. Even if the film does not measure up well on the entertainment scale, one recommends it purely for the performances.