Star Cast: Sridevi, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou, Amitabh Bachchan (cameo)
What’s Good: Original Queen of cinema is back, Gauri Shinde’s spectacular debut as a director, spectacular performances all around
What’s Bad: Not much, a bit slow maybe at times
Loo Breaks: None.
Watch or Not: Comeback of the year > You would want to catch Sridevi, who is present in almost every frame here, even a 15 years sabbatical and yet no hint of rust whatsoever, is commanding and totally in the role of Shashi Godbole. A light hearted ,feel good movie made with a big heart and so near to the real world we live in, music and cinematography add to the cinematic brilliance.
English Vinglish is a smart, crisp tale of an average Indian housewife (yes, she’s a good cook, a caring lady) who tries and breaks the shackles and tell the world there’s high time they better take notice and respect her for what she is and not just crap her down with her insensitiveness, ‘Main kya kachre ka dabba hoon , koi kuch bhi aaake fenk de’, she is devastated at times as her teenage daughter torture her for not knowing the language. It’s a feel good, inspiring story, a tear jerker at times and even delight you with all its charm at others. Given a chance the pretty housewife here, Shashi Godbole (Sri –charming as ever) joins an English coaching class, destined to learn it within 4 weeks. But will she be able to adjust to the hustles and bustles of the family life with it? Will she get back her respect? And will she succeed in her endeavours is the big question.
English Vinglish Review – Reader’s View: Script Analysis
Writer – Director Gauri Shinde is totally into her own here. It could have been another Zabaan Sambhaal Ke if gone wrong, but her narrative and portrayal has paid off. The Dialogues are quite realistic and there are times when you would find that Shashi is shown very helpless, especially in the first half, adds on to the vulnerability and the likeability factor even though you hate her daughter who hates her for not knowing the language.
English Vinglish Review – Reader’s View: Star Performances
Sridevi as Shashi Godbole shines out, she connects with the masses and one cant help but feel that the 49 year old actor’s 15 year vanvaas was a tad too long. She’s worked with a female director for the first time and its paid off. Adil Hussain as Shashi’s husband is decent at times but a bit harsh when dealing with her. He feels she’s just good enough to make ladoos . Its sad that an actor of his repute hasn’t had much to offer in Bollywood, his last outing we remember ,a certain Jasoos Vijay on Doordarshan, 10 years ago !
Shivansh Kotia as the little kid is quite impressive, adds to the charm,would want to see more from him. French actor Mehdi Nebbou is well cast and his eyes speak a lot as he tries his best to bring back love in Shashi’s life.
The characters in Shashi’s English class are well cast and there’s a South Indian, a Chinese, A Spanish , gay teacher and an African who bring the cheer here, a certain taxi driver Salman Khan too from Pakistan, whom you just don’t wanna miss. Big B in a cameo, could we as for more.
English Vinglish Review – Reader’s View: Direction, Music and technicalities
Gauri Shinde’s debut is full of colors so bright and a promise so tender, with such an outing the industry would expect a lot from her in times to come. Amit Trivedi’s music bring the needed kick to the film at times , perhaps was the best man for the soundtrack. Add Resul Pookutty and Swanand Kirkire on the Lyrics and you get just what the doc ordered .
Nice and crisp with a running time of 140 minutes, the Editing is to the point .
English Vinglish Review – Reader’s View: The Last Word
Go for it ! When you count the best movies of the year , English Vinglish would be right up there in the Top 5, would have gone with a 3.5*, but Big B’s cameo and Gauri Shinde’s 1st outing deserves a 4* from my desk .
It’s a movie made with a big heart, a great comeback , an emotional feel-good tale you don’t wanna miss.
Take some lessons from Devi and pay her your obeisance , you will surely be rewarded so much on the EQ front. Do take the morals as you walk out of the theater, love thy mother, she’s special ,in every sense of the word.