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  • Rony D'costa

    Rony D'costa

    Desimartini | Updated - March 20, 2014 8:27 PM IST
    3.9DM (2218 ratings)

    Verdict - English Vinglish is for the entire family. A tribute to wife, mother and home maker in every woman.

    English VinglishWatch trailerRelease date : October 05, 2012

    There are two things you have to get comfortable with before you start enjoying this film. One is what Sridevi has done to her face and the other is to hear her heavily accented Hindi since she is supposedly playing a Maharashtrian from Pune.

    Shashi's life revolves around her husband Satish (Aadil Hussain) and two children. Sarcastically mocked at her English by her husband and her daughter, Shashi is the face of countless married women who are not given the due respect that they deserve. Even her small independent business of making ladoos is used as a joke by her husband. At one point she even asks him "why did you marry me? Why didn't you marry a modern woman?". Her life changes when she travels to New York alone for her sister's daughter's wedding where she discreetly joins a 4 weeks English speaking course.

    English Vinglish is a perfect family film that needs to be seen by husbands and teenage kids. It is a tribute to the unsung homemaker. Using English as a basic conflict director Gauri Shinde makes a scathing comment on the art of domesticity.

    The message is, Husbands next time you make fun of your wives be sensitive enough to observe how much it's hurting her and what your children are picking up from your behavior. It is the everyday behavior that builds or break a relationship and this is beautifully set up in the film.

    It is so perfectly cast that even Sridevi's accented Hindi does not bother you. Priya Anand's lovable portrayal of Radha is what Shashi's daughter is not. It came across as if a child brought up in America was much more sensitive and respectful towards their parents.

    Even though the scenes in the English speaking course might remind you of the series Mind Your Language the actors makes it appear fresh and humorous.

    Gauri Shinde touches upon the forbidden fruit romance between Shashi and the French guy Laurent (Mehdi Nebbou) from the class but beautifully ends that part with one line which is one of my favourites in the film. I am not looking for love. All I want is some respect says Shashi to sum up her feelings for the French guy.

    Along with this the line which was the film for me was "only when you stop loving yourself you fall out of love with things around you".

    It's these subtexts that makes English vinglish such a refreshing feel good film and to top it all is Sridevi who makes you feel for her character at every point in the film. Your heart goes out to her in the beginning and stays with her right till the end and even when the film is over.

    Gauri Shinde makes a respectable debut and is a much better filmmaker than her husband R. Balki.

    Word of mouth - English Vinglish is for the entire family. A tribute to wife, mother and home maker in every woman.

    Rating - **** (very good)

    Ticket meter - worth 250 bucks.

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