7.9/10
28,915
107 user 60 critic

English Vinglish (2012)

Trailer
2:31 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter every day because of her inability to speak and understand English.

Director:

Gauri Shinde

Writer:

Gauri Shinde
Reviews
Top Rated Indian Movies #111 | 9 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Ayushmann Khurrana: "No Small Parts" IMDb Exclusive

Ayushmann Khurrana, perhaps best known for Vicky Donor and Dum Laga Ke Haisha, stars in two very different films: the thriller Andhadhun and the comedy-drama Badhaai Ho.

Learn more about Ayushmann

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Kabir Khan is the coach of the Indian Women's National Hockey Team and his dream is to make his all girls team emerge victorious against all odds.

Director: Shimit Amin
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Sagarika Ghatge
Mr. India (1987)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A poor but big-hearted man takes orphans into his home. After discovering his scientist father's invisibility device, he rises to the occasion and fights to save his children and all of India from the clutches of a megalomaniac.

Director: Shekhar Kapur
Stars: Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Amrish Puri
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Four runaway crooks take shelter in a bungalow which is owned by a blind couple.

Director: Rohit Shetty
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 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
Veer-Zaara (2004)
Drama | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Veer-Zaara is a saga of love, separation, courage and sacrifice. A love story that is an inspiration and will remain a legend forever.

Director: Yash Chopra
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji
Bhoothnath (2008)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Moving into a new house, a family witnesses an unfriendly ghost who wants to drive them away from the house. However, he befriends a little boy who changes his outlook forever.

Director: Vivek Sharma
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Satish Shah
Chachi 420 (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Desperation to be with his only child forces a divorced man to take the guise of the child's nanny. Situations get really messy when the child's grandfather (the man's ex-father-in-law) falls in love with his disguised ex-son-in-law.

Director: Kamal Haasan
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Amrish Puri, Om Puri
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy 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, Tisca Chopra
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Mehra family must contemplate over their way of living and their love lives while on a cruise celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.

Director: Zoya Akhtar
Stars: Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A story about a single women (a Mom) and dreams on her Daughter.

Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Stars: Swara Bhaskar, Ratna Pathak Shah, Riya Shukla
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A woman is made to realize that her prayers and sacrifice to save her boyfriend's life may have led him to a fate worse than death.

Director: Yash Chopra
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma
Musical | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ramkishen and Mamta have three sons Vivek , Prem and Vinod and a daughter Sangeeta. This family is part of a joint family whose close knit bond is challenged by a misunderstanding.

Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Stars: Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sridevi ... Shashi Godbole
Adil Hussain ... Satish Godbole
Mehdi Nebbou ... Laurent
Priya Anand ... Radha
Sulabha Deshpande ... Grandma
Michael Patrick Hoban Michael Patrick Hoban ... Immigration Officer
Sujatha Kumar Sujatha Kumar ... Shashi's sister - Manu
Navika Kotia Navika Kotia ... Sapna Godbole
Shivansh Kotia Shivansh Kotia ... Saagar Godbole
Cory Hibbs Cory Hibbs ... David Fischer
Rajeev Ravindranathan ... P Ramamurthy
Maria Romano Maria Romano ... Yu Son
Sumeet Vyas ... Salman Khan
Ruth Aguilar Ruth Aguilar ... Eva
Ross Nathan Ross Nathan ... Kevin
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:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English | French | Tamil | Telugu

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Aangilam Vaangilam See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$745,414, 7 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,670,773, 21 October 2012
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film got three Nominations for the 2013 Filmfare awards,Best Film,Best Director and Best Actress but Gauri Shinde won a special award for Best Debut Director. 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.
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 - Beautiful Sheautiful
6 October 2012 | by hsm2310See 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.

http://imnotafilmcritic.blogspot.in/


25 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 107 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Top Rated and Trending Indian Movies

Check out the Indian movies with the highest ratings from IMDb users, as well as the movies that are trending in real time.

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed