“Characters are inserted forcefully like Dimple Kapadia and Kareena’s characters and are portrayed to have an emotional feeling but they are not given any background to connect. Directors gave an ample amount of time to show the love and care of parents so that even when you aren’t connected with the plot, you will still get emotional when the right time comes”
Angrezi medium has a bizarre plot and is only concerned to show the motives of the protagonist and doesn’t care about how the plot and theme proceed naturally.
Angrezi Medium is the second film in a series where parents go beyond measures for the education of their child. First being, Hindi Medium was about getting a child into a good English medium school but now it is about the struggle of a single parent who is sacrificing everything so that her child gets admission to a prestigious university. Champak (Irfan Khan), owner of Ghasitaram Misthan Bhandar in Udaipur who is a single parent who manages the role of being a father and mother in a very sweet and efficient way.
Even after Tarika (Radhika Madan) towards the end tells him to scold her because she deserves it, he laughs sweetly and says “Daantne se bache bigaadte hai.” He will have a big fight with her but still, he won’t show how hurt he is by Tarika’s words and intentions and clearly, Irfan’s acting and characterization makes him one of the sweetest father figure ever. Tarika after a lot of hard work gets the fourth rank and is somehow selected to go to London to study in one of the biggest universities now it is all dependant on Champak that how far he goes for her daughter’s dream.
The story is tangled in so many things that even the right intentions and emotions don’t have enough space to flourish. From court cases in the first half to fake passports in the next half, this movie is mixed with so many ingredients that it almost loses the connection from the audience. Angrezi Medium is written by Bhavesh Mandalia, Gaurav Shukla, Sara Bodinar and Vinay Chhawall and can be called a classic example of “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” Characters are inserted forcefully like Dimple Kapadia and Kareena’s characters and are portrayed to have an emotional feeling but they are not given any background to connect.
There are different moments trying to show how caring and sweet Champak is as a father like him massaging Tarika’s head or he spying on Tarika even when they don’t talk informally, directors gave an ample amount of time to show the love and care of parents so that even when you aren’t connected with the plot, you will still get emotional when the right time comes. The moment when he is very happy that Tarika got the fourth rank and she won’t be able to go to London but suddenly she gets the news from her principal about a vacant seat, he is happy for her yet sad internally that she won’t be with him anymore and that expressions are perfectly played by Irfan.
The film is uplifted by strong performances. Irfan’s strong performance alone can make you cry at certain places and the way he cares and loves his child as a single parent in the movie be it this one or Madaari is just commendable as if he was born for this type of role. The only good comedy you can enjoy is the chemistry of Irfan and Deepak Doobriyal as brothers, other times the comedy falls flat. Radhika Madan as Tarika plays a good role in different conditions whether it is of an underachiever trying hard to get a rank or a new girl in the city. She gives justice to almost every part of her character. Music is fresh and quite good but the background score and forceful insertion of quirky sounds in not so funny scenes are just irritating at some places.
Overall, Angrezi Medium is enough to make you cry and laugh through strong performances but not by the natural course of the plot. Go only for Irfan Khan’s performance with fewer expectations.