English Vinglish

2012, Drama, 2h 13m

5 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Movie Info

A tradition-minded Indian housewife (Sridevi) enrolls in an accelerated English-language course after she finds herself unable to place a simple order in an American restaurant.

Cast & Crew

Sridevi
Shashi Godbole
Adil Hussain
Satish Godbole
Sujatha Kumar
Shashi's sister - Manu
Navika Kotia
Sapna Godbole
Shivansh Kotia
Saagar Godbole
Cory Hibbs
David Fischer
Gauri Shinde
Screenwriter
R. Balki
Producer
Anita Anand
Executive Producer
Amit Trivedi
Original Music
Laxman Utekar
Cinematographer
Mustafa Stationwala
Production Design
Maggie Ruder
Art Director
Katie Kindle
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Critic Reviews for English Vinglish

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1)

  • English Vinglish, Gauri Shinde's first feature is a likeable film, which gives us a silky- smooth first half, a slowed-down second, broad-brushstroke-y characters, and an actress who makes it all work.

    March 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A capable supporting cast and a fun cameo from a male megastar add to the appeal of this slight, enjoyable but ultimately predictable journey.

    October 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The image of the newly confident Shashi striding down a Manhattan street, a takeout coffee in hand and a trench coat belted over her sari, will make you smile days after you leave the theater.

    July 15, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A winsome if utterly conventional ugly-duckling story about a sympathetic character's much deserved progress toward a richer self.

    October 5, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An undemanding picture that goes down as well as the heroine's tasty ladoos.

    October 4, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • English Vinglish, Gauri Shinde's first feature is a likeable film, which gives us a silky- smooth first half, a slowed-down second, broad-brushstroke-y characters, and an actress who makes it all work.

    March 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A capable supporting cast and a fun cameo from a male megastar add to the appeal of this slight, enjoyable but ultimately predictable journey.

    October 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The image of the newly confident Shashi striding down a Manhattan street, a takeout coffee in hand and a trench coat belted over her sari, will make you smile days after you leave the theater.

    July 15, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A winsome if utterly conventional ugly-duckling story about a sympathetic character's much deserved progress toward a richer self.

    October 5, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for English Vinglish

  • Mar 09, 2013
    English Vinglish is yet another good example of progress in Indian-American movies that needs to be pursued further by Bollywood filmmakers.The movie tells the story of Sashi, an insecure Indian housewife who lives with her, rather sexist husband and two kids, one being a very spoiled teenage daughter who both think less of her resulting from her incapability to speak the second language in India, English. As the movie goes, Sashi has to leave India and come to New York for her niece's wedding. The film gets interesting when Sashi enroll in a four weeks English course that leads her in founding a new freedom of expressing herself without the judgement from her family and society in general, but also spark a new possibility of love interest with Laurent, French guy in her English class who take an interest at her. I appreciate what the director, Gauri Shinde did here. She tells the enclosed obsession of Indian society with the Western lifestyle, and at the same time tackle women role in an Indian family. But, of course like any other Indian movies who are to afraid to make a bold statement, the climax ended with an absurd and disappointing conclusion. Bollywood veteran actress, Sridevi plays Sashi beautifully, after being rather absence from the Bollywood scene, which leaves me with hope to see more of these kinda role offers to those 'aged' actresses. And a big shout out to French actor, Mehdi Nebbou who plays the underdog character, Laurent. Whether it's the interracial relationship, gay awareness character or even hint of feminism merely presence in the movie, English Vinglish do brings a fresh point of view that has been lacking in Bollywood movies for(ever) sometimes now. 6.5/10.
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