Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain review: Sanjay Mishra, Ekavali Khanna define falling in love after marriage

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Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain is the ode to ageless love

Produced by the National Film Development Corporation and Drumroll Pictures, Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain is the story of a middle-aged man who has taken his wife for granted through almost a quarter century of marriage but realises her worth when the possibility of losing her makes him realise her place. Sanjay Mishra plays a Varanasi-based post-office employee Yashwant Batra, who has shared his life and home for 24 years with his accommodating wife Kiran (Ekavali Khanna). The couple has a daughter, Preeti (Shivani Raghuvanshi), who is secretly involved with the local boy Jugnu (Anshuman Jha).

Sanjay Mishra and Ekavali Khanna bring out the struggle, the pain and the monotony perfectly before the movie takes a delightful turn. Khanna is a force to be reckoned with as she stands up to her husband and portrays Kiran with the grace and ease it deserves. Shivani Raghuvanshi’s natural performance as Preeti lives up to the expectations raised by her brilliance in 2015’s Titli and Brijendra Kala as Jugnu’s father is fun to watch as Anshuman Jha puts his best foot forward as Preeti’s love interest Jugnu.

Harish Vyas’s writing and direction want you to see that below his rough façade, Yashwant fosters a great love for Kiran. His attitude is majorly due to social conditioning that leads him to tell Preeti: “She (Kiran) manages the house, I go to the office – this is what you call a marriage.” This portrays him as a narrow-minded patriarch who genuinely thinks it is the natural order of things that the entire household should revolve around him and his needs. But we see this mould-breaking when he accepts her daughter’s love and marry’s her to the man she desires while learning how to manage a household without his wife.

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