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English Vinglish (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 5 October 2012 (India)
A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter everyday because of her inability to speak and understand English.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Shashi Godbole
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Satish Godbole
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Laurent
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Radha
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Grandma
Sujatha Kumar ...
Shashi's sister - Manu
Navika Kotia ...
Sapna Godbole
Shivansh Kotia ...
Saagar Godbole
Cory Hibbs ...
David Fischer
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P Ramamurthy
Maria Romano ...
Yu Son
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Salman Khan
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Eva
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Kevin
Damian Thompson ...
Udumbke
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The story of a quiet, sweet tempered housewife who endures small slights from her well educated husband and daughter everyday because of her inability to speak and understand English. She is resourceful and open-minded but somehow these traits don't get noticed by them. Then one day on a trip to visit her sister in Manhattan she decides to enroll in an English Learners class and meets a host of new people who teach her to value herself beyond the narrow perspective of her family. Written by Paroma

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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5 October 2012 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Aangilam Vaangilam  »

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Opening Weekend:

$745,414 (USA) (5 October 2012)

Gross:

$1,670,773 (USA) (19 October 2012)
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In September 2013, English Vinglish was considered for short-listing for the Indian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, the wife is seen using the PATH train system and talks about going to 22nd St. Station. There is no such station in the PATH system or in the New York subway system. The closest would be the PATH 23rd St. Station. See more »

Quotes

Laurent: Your food...
[good]
Laurent: .
Shashi Godbole: No no no. You cooking hotel expert. I'm... in house cooking, very small.
Laurent: No. Not small, not small. Food is... eh... food is art.
Shashi Godbole: [In Hindi] When a man cooks, it's art... When a woman cooks, it's her duty.
Laurent: What did you say?
Shashi Godbole: I'm sorry. Man cooking... art. Lady cooking... daily job, duty!
Laurent: No. No no. Food is... love. You cooking with love, good food. You make people happy. You artiste! Not small not small.
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Features Source Code (2011) See more »

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Navrai Maajhi
Written by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan Swanand Kirkire Natalie Di Luccio 'Neelambari Kirkire'
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English Vinglish - Beautiful Sheautiful
6 October 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

English Vinglish is a beautiful journey that a middle class Indian housewife takes, to regain something she lost or probably never really got, ironically enough, in a foreign land with a foreign language as a tool.

The movie has a simple plan, and audience gets to know about it right at the beginning. There ain't any surprises or twists therein to wow you, its purely the execution of a simple yet universally appealing plot that makes English Vinglish one of the most beautifully made movie of the year.

This is a sort of cinema which has traditionally been oiled with loads of melodrama and any director would have wanted to do that considering the fact that people who are going to relate the most with the central character are most prone to be pleasantly affected by the overdose of melodrama ( Yes, I am being a little 'judgemental' here!). Credit must go to Gauri Shinde for shunning the temptation and going ahead with a recipe where she was able to create delight out of right mix of ingredients rather than putting a coating of sugar on the 'laddoos'.

Make no mistake, the feel good factor of the movie isn't there just because all the pieces have been put together in the correct order but also because there are layers attached to the story and the characters. These layers help English Vinglish surpass the expectations that an ordinary viewer would have had with it before stepping into the cinema theatre. These layers have been treated with utmost care and are interwoven in the script with great skill. Even though the plot of the movie doesn't encapsulate many genres, the scenes are successful in generating a range of emotions. Thanks to the central plot, humor becomes a part of majority of the scenes and it is never forced upon you.The entertainment quotient of EV is way more than one would have expected.

There are a few sequences which could have easily gone in the zone of 'Oh, thats ridiculous!' but yet they were right there in the 'that will do all right' category and this was only possible because of masterful Sridevi who hasn't lost even an inch of her charm and she still stands way ahead of any of the contemporary actresses when it comes to the art of acting. Her presence is so overpowering that one hardly notices or gets annoyed by certain instances of manufactured dialogues and stereotypical display of characters. The journey, the transformation and its impact on the movie and the audience wouldn't have had half the quality had there not been Sridevi at the helm. Every other actor (and guest actor) plays their part well enough to create the right garnish for this savory meal.

Without taking any credit away from Gauri Shinde, everything from costumes, to music and locations to screenplay had impressions of R Balki's(producer) previous works and he would have been of great help in the making of EV as well.

The affect that English Vinglish will have on a particular individual will depend on the relationship that he/she has with the one/two women that hold the most important place(s) in their lives. The degree of impact will vary, though one thing is for sure, it will only lie on the right side of the axis.

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