English Vinglish (2012)

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Money, Fame and the Knowledge of English. In India, these 3 factors play a huge role in how society judges an individual. English Vinglish is the story of a woman who does not know English and is made to feel insecure by her family and society at large. The film is a light-hearted yet touching and transformational journey of Shashi. Circumstances make her determined to overcome this insecurity, master the language, teach the world a lesson on the way to becoming a self assured and confident woman. The film is shot mostly in New York and captures the inherent struggle of many people all over the world with the English Language. Hilarious, touching, sensitive, this film marks the come back of India's biggest female star...Sridevi. -- (C) Official Site
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NR
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Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Sridevi
as Shashi Godbole
Mehdi Nebbou
as Laurent
Adil Hussain
as Satish Godbole
Priya Anand
as Radha
Nathan Ross
as Kevin
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Critic Reviews for English Vinglish

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A winsome if utterly conventional ugly-duckling story about a sympathetic character's much deserved progress toward a richer self.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Globe and Mail
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An undemanding picture that goes down as well as the heroine's tasty ladoos.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012

Audience Reviews for English Vinglish

This was the best movie I saw last year, and I did not expect to like it. It is funny, contemporary, and beautifully written and acted. Most of the action takes place in New York City and New Jersey, so despite its characterization as a foreign film it seems very American. The story is surprising, not trite, and makes you want to cheer for the main character for all the right reasons. Really good movie. Fun.

Shawn Considine
Shawn Considine

Excellent Bollywood to Hollywood film that bridges cultural divides through the power of friendship, food and families.

Joyce Yang
Joyce Yang
½

A routine story, but well executed and with a number of fun character performances in the supporting roles, including a delightful cameo by Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi version. (I expect Ajith Kumar's cameo is good in the Tamil version as well.) Even the English language actors are good; not always the case in Bollywood movies. There aren't any real surprises but the movie is brisk and charming and effectively affecting. I even teared up a bit toward the end.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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