Irrfan Khan’s comeback film, Angrezi Medium starring Kareena Kapoor, Radhika Madan, Deepak Dobriyal released today.
The film is based on Champak Bansal (Irrfan), who is a simple, small-town businessman – one of the owner’s of Ghasitaram sweet shop chain – who’s leading a comfortable life with his teenage daughter, Tarika (Radhika Madan).
But, Tarika has big dreams – of graduating from a recognised university in London. With little means to fulfil his daughter’s ambition, how far will the father go?
Champak is born and raised in Udaipur and his world revolves around arguing with his other Ghasitaram brother, Gopi (Deepak Dobriyal), and caring for his only daughter, Tarika, who’s all set to graduate high school and embark on another academic journey.
But, unlike her father, she doesn’t want to limit her dreams to the place she has grown up in, instead, she wants to explore what lies outside of her small world.
Champak gives in to his daughter’s wishes, but things start to spiral out of control when it comes down to paying the hefty fee. A dedicated father, Champak vows to do whatever it takes to send his daughter to study abroad and treads on a path that not only proves his unconditional love for his daughter.
On the performances front, although it is a known fact that Irrfan shot this film while going through treatment but when you watch the film, you only see a fine actor in his full element. Irrfan as Champak is a father every daughter deserve. Irrfan’s performance makes you laugh, smile and cry every time he overcomes an obstacle.
Radhika Madan, as this mildly rebellious and often clueless teenager, pulls off a fine performance, especially in the scenes where her movingly beautiful relationship with her father unfolds.
Kareena Kapoor as the top cop in the film shines in her brief performance and adds to the chaos in the second half of the film. However, her relationship with her mother, Mrs. Kohli (played by Dimple Kapadia), is underexplored. It would have been interesting to watch the dynamics of their relationship play out in the movie.
There are some fantastic moments in the film, and sharply written scenes between the characters, too, which in turn, prove to be the highlights of this drama. However, the story is far too convenient and has inconsistencies hard to overlook.
Overall, despite the loose ends, Angrezi Medium doesn’t lose its emotions and the message it wants to convey to the audience.
Check out the trailer: