Film Review – Angrezi Mein Kehte Hein: power of love

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NEW YORK – Some people might remember the 1982 song “Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain Ke I Love You” sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, from the movie ‘Khuddar’ starring Amitabh Bachchan and Parveen Babi, where Bachchan is trying to woo Babi by saying, ‘I Love You.’

Well, the title of that song might just be an inspiration for Harish Vyas’ new film “Angrezi Mein Kehte Hein,” starring Sanjay Mishra, Ekavali Khanna, Anshuman Jha, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Pankhaj Tripathi and Brijendar Kala.

Yashwant Batra, 54, is a simple man who works in the post office and loves to sleep in, but his 24 years of marriage to his wife Kiran is going nowhere because he has not told her the three magic words everyone wants to hear from their spouse: ‘I love you.’

For him marriage is: the husband works while the wife stays at home and looks after the house; but Kiran wants something else.

The couple was married by family force, though Yashwant is from a poor background whereas Kiran is from a well-to-do background and because of this reason, Yashwant refuses to take anything from his in-laws, including money for his daughter Preeti’s marriage, which Kiran does not like.

While Yashwant has already fixed Preeti’s marriage to someone, she quietly gets married to a neighborhood boy named Jugunu whom she loves but when the truth comes out, Kiran weds her daughter off to Jugunu and soon after leaves Yashwant.

Not knowing how to do any household chores, Yashwant feels the pain of not having Kiran around and though Preeti makes him lunch, dinner and tea, he knows something is still missing from his life.

Soon enough Jugunu and Preeti realize that Yashwant never told Kiran that he loves her and though he does love her very much, he has never been able to express it.

Meanwhile, Yashwant goes to visit one of his client’s wife who is suffering from a brain disease in the hospital but is unable to meet her as he witnesses her die in front of her husband’s eyes and this makes him realize how much he truly loves Kiran.

So with the help of Jugunu and Preeti, he learns to be romantic by dancing, dressing in colorful clothing and writing a love letter and goes to tell Kiran ‘I love you’ at Jugunu’s dad’s school where she is teaching English.

But after many attempts Yashwant fails and Kiran leaves for Canada and instead of stopping her, he lets her go wanting her to live her own life, something he didn’t let her do for the last 24 years.

Yashwant still keeps in touch with Kiran though and a few months later, she returns to stay with him forever.

The film with its motto, “it is never too late to say ‘I love you’” shows the true meaning of not only love but marriage as well, telling the world how three simple words could change someone’s life forever.

“Angrezi Mein Kehte Hein” is a love story that will melt and mend everyone’s hearts and shows just how significant and meaningful the three magic words ‘I love you’ can be to anyone.

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