Angrezi Medium (transl. English Medium) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language comedy drama film directed by Homi Adajania and produced under the production banner Maddock Films. A spiritual sequel to the 2017 film Hindi Medium, the film stars Irrfan Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepak Dobriyal and Radhika Madan. Filming began in Udaipur on 5 April 2019 and was completed by July in London. This was Irrfan’s last film to be released before his death on 29 April 2020.
The film was theatrically released in India on 13 March 2020. With its theatrical performance affected by the closing of cinemas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for a re-release were cancelled and the film was made available digitally less than a month after its release on Disney+ Hotstar. It was Irrfan Khan’s last film, prior to his death in April 2020.
Champak Bansal (Irrfan Khan), a widower, is a sweet-shop owner in the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan. Though he often fights with his half-brother Gopi (Deepak Dobriyal)—who runs a competing sweet-shop nearby—over the Ghasiteram family name, they are greatly fond of each other and of Champak’s daughter Tarika (Radhika Madan), who has always harboured a dream to travel and study abroad. Despite Tarika being poor in studies, Champak is strongly supportive of her dream, and, with some effort, she secures a high rank in her final school examinations, enough for her to secure a scholarship from London’s Truford University, which has partnered with her school.
On the school’s Annual Day, Champak notices that the chief guest is Judge Chheda, who had accepted a watch as a bribe from Gopi a few days before so that he could win the rights to the Ghasiteram name. He goes on stage and exposes the judge, who is in the middle of a speech on honesty and values, not knowing that he is the principal’s husband. The following morning, he meets the principal at her home and asks for forgiveness, only for her to tear Tarika’s scholarship letter to pieces. He vows to send Tarika to London, come what may.
With the help of a London-based acquaintance, Bablu (Ranvir Shorey), Champak and Tarika along with Gopi proceed to London so that Tarika can find accommodation there till college opens. However, Champak and Gopi are caught and interrogated by the airport police. When they inadvertently say that they have ‘drugs’, they are deported and their passports blacklisted. Tarika, who had been calling Champak, Gopi and Bablu to no avail, goes to a rented home, and starts enjoying the free-spirited London life while also trying to fund her education. Meanwhile, Champak and Gopi are referred to a fixer in Dubai, Tony (Pankaj Tripathi), who gives them Pakistani aliases and forged passports. They return to London, under the names of Abdul Razzaq and Saqlain Mushtaq, and are briefly accosted by Naina (Kareena Kapoor Khan), a cop. They find lodging in a house owned by Mrs. Kohli (Dimple Kapadia), who is Naina’s estranged mother.
When they meet Tarika, Champak is aghast at her lifestyle, and demands that she leave her lodgings or he will sever ties with her. Gopi asks him why he says so, to which he replies that this is in order to avoid getting caught by Naina. The two visit a police station, where Bablu is lodged; they pay for his bail, and he tells them that he is now penniless. One night, Mrs. Kohli has invited the Bansals for dinner on the eve of her birthday, when Naina suddenly barges in and says that since her mother has not cared for her, she can do whatever she pleases. The next day, Champak and Gopi find the senior Kohli unconscious on the floor, and rush her to the hospital, narrowly saving her life. When Naina arrives on the scene, she breaks down and realises the value of caring for her.
Champak, Gopi and Bablu hear of a fundraiser organised by Truford University and reluctantly agree to bid for its renovation, which costs 300,000 pounds. At their wits’ end for arranging for such a large sum, they agree to sell the Ghasiteram family name. When Champak tells Tarika the news, she is nonplussed. The next day, as the three go to a scrapyard to collect the money, Champak pours his entire story to Tarika, who is convinced that she should not have put him and Gopi through so much trouble to fulfil her dream. Tarika later decides to give up her London scholarship and study back home in Udaipur, to which everyone agrees. The film ends with Champak and Gopi making peace over the Ghasiteram name.
Irrfan Khan as Champak Bansal
Kareena Kapoor Khan as Officer Naina Kohli
Deepak Dobriyal as Gopi Bansal
Radhika Madan as Tarika Bansal
Myrah Dandekar as young Tarika Bansal
Dimple Kapadia as Mrs. Sampada Kohli
Ranvir Shorey as Balashankar Tripathi / Bablu
Pankaj Tripathi as Tony
Kiku Sharda as Gajju
Manu Rishi as Bheluram Bansal
Zakir Hussain as Judge Chedda
Meghna Malik as Principal Chedda
Poorvi Jain as Rashi Bansal
Manish Gandhi as Advait
Tillotama Shome as Consultant
Vipul Tank as Lagnesh
Ankit Bisht as Anmol
Anushka Sharma Special appearance in song “Kudi Nu Nachne De”
Katrina Kaif Special appearance in song “Kudi Nu Nachne De”
Alia Bhatt Special appearance in song “Kudi Nu Nachne De”
Janhvi Kapoor Special appearance in song “Kudi Nu Nachne De”
Ananya Panday Special appearance in song “Kudi Nu Nachne De”
Kriti Sanon Special appearance in song “Kudi Nu Nachne De”
Kiara Advani Special appearance in song “Kudi Nu Nachne De”
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