Review: English Vinglish

English Vinglish (Dir.: Gauri Shinde; Cast: Sridevi, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou et al.)

English Vinglish is a little gem ! Gauri Shinde’s story of a simple Indian housewife-entrepreneur (yes, you read that right!) and her little act of courage to earn respect from her own family is feel-good, funny and tear-inducing- all at the same time.

Gauri Shinde’s story of a simple Indian housewife-entrepreneur and her little act of courage to earn respect from her own family is feel-good, funny and tear-inducing

A housewife’s lack of knowledge of the English language makes her the subject of domestic banter. But her husband and teen-aged daughter fail to realize exactly when they cross the line of innocent leg pulling to causing serious pain. In a few scenes of effortless elegance, Gauri Shinde paints a picture of a domestic situation which many of us might have experienced or caused, but realize only after being pointed out explicitly. Situations which occur in family and friend circles, when pain, hurt and insult are dealt out unknowingly.

What follows makes for a strong yet simple plot, simple enough for me not to dare going into it or all magic would be spoiled. Sridevi is a class act, and her expressions on two occasions particularly – once when she is showered with unexpected praise by a stranger and the other when she trips on the pavement, with certain peculiar facial contortions that are incredibly natural – define this wonderful performance.

Watch English Vinglish for two hours of unbridled, innocent celebration of simplicity and quiet, unassuming courage.

English Vinglish IMDb Link

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