Delighting Dobriyal and ingenious Irrfan lift the film

Life 365    23-Mar-2020
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Homi Adajania’s Angrezi Medium, a sequel to Saket Chaudhary’s Hindi Medium, starts off promisingly. This is the fi lm’s crux: smalltown father vows to fulfi l his daughter’s dream of graduating from a foreign university. The depiction of the father-daughter bond, till the first half, is perhaps the only authentic part of Angrezi Medium, a film that progressively forgets the story it started out to tell and gets caught up in contrived sub-plots that are exhausting to bear and at times, cringeworthy to watch (Pankaj Tripathi is particularly wasted).

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Champak’s rivalry with his brother, played by an unfailingly delightful Deepak Dobriyal is entertaining at fi rst but ultimately, gets repetitive and betrays its own arc: their rivalry is caused and solved with the kind of ease that you see in that viral Ambuja cement ad. It’s written solely for laughs, with no real thought on the coherence of the emotions of character. Adajania along with producers Dinesh Vijan and Jio Studios, not only retain most of the acting cast from Hindi Medium—Irrfan, Deepak Dobriyal, Tillotama Shomebut also bring in some noteworthy additions to it, namely Kareena Kapoor Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Ranveer Shoreyand Radhika Madan.
Adding to the humour quotient, there are Pankaj Tripathi and Kiku Sharda although their screen time is too short for a signifi cant impact on the narrative. Currently, films with middle-class minutiae humorously showcased are the new favourites at the marquee and given its comic and emotional twists, Angrezi Medium is quite the family drama worth earmarking for watching with your folks. What’s good? Irrfan and Dobriyal's chemistry and some touching moments. What’s bad? An over scripted melo-drama. Watch or not? Irrfan is back! One can watch this just for the talented actor.
Rating: ***
Director: Homi Adajania
Cast: Irrfan, Radhika Madan, Deepak Dobriyal, Pankaj Tripathi, Kareena Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Ranvir Shorey