Subhash K Jha reviews English Vinglish – “Gauri Shinde brings to the comfort of the familiar a feeling and flavour of wonderment, discovery and beauty”

Starring Sridevi, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou,Sujata Kumar

Directed by Gauri Shinde

There are no villains in English Vinglish. Only imperfect human beings like you and I, who make that common error of taking loved ones for granted.

Admit it. At some point in our lives we have all felt that if we don’t speak good English, we are not destined to be successful human beings. Imagine a housewife–beautiful, efficient, charming, supportive…imagine if she looks like…well, Sridevi and still feels she is being taken for granted just because she can’t speak fluent angrezi.

Shashi’s children find her embarrassing at times. Her husband openly cracks jokes about her accent and poor grasp of a language we should have thrown out with Tom Alter’s wig in Shatranj Ke Khiladi. Shashi’s husband thinks he’s just being urbane and witty. But it hurts. We see
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