7.9/10
20,208
96 user 55 critic

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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
7 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A shopkeeper takes God to court when his shop is destroyed by an earthquake.

Director: Umesh Shukla
Stars: Paresh Raval, Mithun Chakraborty, Akshay Kumar
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged.

Director: Zoya Akhtar
Stars: Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan, Naseeruddin Shah
Chakde! India (2007)
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A disgraced hockey player coaches the women's national team to win back his honor and dignity.

Director: Shimit Amin
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Tanya Abrol
Drama | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

An eight-year-old boy is thought to be lazy and a trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.

Directors: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte
Stars: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tanay Chheda
Vivah (2006)
Drama | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Poonam, a traditionally brought-up young woman, is to marry Prem, a groom chosen by her uncle. Poonam and Prem's faith and love are to be tested however, when an accident occurs and Poonam might be scarred for life.

Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Stars: Shahid Kapoor, Amrita Rao, Anupam Kher
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Two slackers competing for the affections of an heiress, inadvertently become her protectors from an evil criminal.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Stars: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon
Chachi 420 (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Wealthy Janki falls in love with poor Jaiprakash, much to the displeasure of her parents, and ends up getting married, and living with her husband. She subsequently gives birth to a ... See full summary »

Director: Kamal Haasan
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Amrish Puri, Om Puri
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A school-teacher, who forces children to share their food with him, forbids one from entering the school until he brings his own Tiffin/Lunch-box.

Director: Amole Gupte
Stars: Partho A. Gupte, Numaan Sheikh, Abhishek Reddy
Musical | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The trials and challenges of a joint family in India, whose parents are Ramkishen and second wife Mamta, and have three sons and a married daughter. The eldest son is handicapped since ... See full summary »

Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Stars: Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

How the pursuit of an Indian cricket legend's Ferrari makes a young boy's dreams of playing cricket at Lords a reality.

Director: Rajesh Mapuskar
Stars: Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritwik Sahore
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A man with a magnanimous spirit tries to take a young mute Pakistani girl back to her homeland to reunite her with her family.

Director: Kabir Khan
Stars: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Drama | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Kishen Kumar Chaudhary and Karan are family like friends, when Kishen's wife Mrs. Kaushalya gives birth to a baby boy Prem, Karan helps the couple bring up there child with out- most care. ... See full summary »

Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Stars: Salman Khan, Bhagyashree, Alok Nath
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Shashi Godbole
...
Satish Godbole
...
Laurent
Priya Anand ...
Radha
Sulabha Deshpande ...
Grandma
Sujatha Kumar ...
Shashi's sister - Manu
Navika Kotia ...
Sapna Godbole
Shivansh Kotia ...
Saagar Godbole
Cory Hibbs ...
David Fischer
...
P Ramamurthy
Maria Romano ...
Yu Son
Sumeet Vyas ...
Salman Khan
...
Eva
...
Kevin
Damian Thompson ...
Udumbke
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | | |

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Aangilam Vaangilam  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,670,773 (USA) (19 October 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tamil SuperStar Ajith kumar did a Cameo in Tamil version of this film. That is, doing the exact same part Amithabh Bacchan did in Hindi. 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

Shashi Godbole: This marriage is a beautiful thing. It is the most special friendship. Friendship of two people who are equal. Life is a long journey. Meera, sometimes you will feel you are less. Kevin, sometimes you will also feel you are less than Meera. Try to help each other to feel equal. It will be nice. Sometimes... Married couple don't even know how the other is feeling. So... how they will help the other? It means marriage is finished? No. That is the time you have to help yourself. Nobody can help ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Features The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Navrai Maajhi
Written by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan Swanand Kirkire Natalie Di Luccio 'Neelambari Kirkire'
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
English Vinglish ∞ The Class for Earning Self Respect ∞
5 October 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

"If we don't love ourselves we use to attract towards new things but as soon as we began to love ourselves we feel confident and old things look prettier again." This is one dialogue from the movie's lead protagonist which teaches how one can come back to his normal life; English Vinglish is a sweet Laddu with almonds of a logical script, cashew nuts of nice music, raisins of love and pistachios of Hope. English Vinglish is not about just English classes, it's just a metaphor or platform to narrate a simple yet very effective story of self determination, self respect and love about family and love about ourselves.

English Vinglish is undoubtedly a movie about the Family, the children & their attitude towards their parents, the husband who does not see his wife skills and potential beyond a born Laddu Maker and yes, it's about a mother who lost her identity as a woman in the society after marriage being a house wife, as her world does not go beyond her family.

Shashi Godbole (Sridevi) is a simple middle class housewife living with her husband Satish (Adil Hussain) along with her daughter Sapna and a son named Sagar in Pune, India. She is an excellent cook searching for her own respect among children and husband due to poor understanding of English language. One day she got the call from her sister to visit New York to attend her daughter's wedding, but she was reluctant to go alone because of her poor English language, thou she finally agreed on her husband's persuasion. In New York, during her visit to a café she felt humiliated due to her understanding of English language which brought a reason for her to fight against the odds and make a place for herself. She left from there and suddenly saw an advertisement for four weeks English speaking classes and that's how she got the way to prove herself by learning a language which is global now and a synonym of 'Being Modern' in Indian societies called English, for Her VINGLISH.

Overall, English Vinglish is a memorable watch for the genuine script, superb performances, nice music and definitely the feel good factor it has. In Last scene, Shashi requests the air hostess a Hindi newspaper in English Language, and that's we called in Sridevi's MJ Style without getting 'Judgemental' –YoOO.

Regards Your's AvA

For complete review Please visit www.thecritiquelab.com

Readers' Feedback is appreciated


34 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
YOU GUYS WERE GREAT TO WORK WITH kcayg-916-102737
What's with the 'v' words? andi-a
Anyone who knows French out there? umakrishna_uk
French translation juawand
Ramamurthy sumithar
David's accent took me out of the movie cathell
Discuss English Vinglish (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?