English Vinglish – Movie ReviewOctober 5, 2012
Starring – Sridevi Kapoor, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou
Director – Gauri Shinde
Producer – R Balki, Anita Anand, ILana Rossein
Banner – Eros International, Hope Productions
Music – Amit Trivedi
Genre – Drama
By Prerrna Seth / Kreative Access Media
Superstar Sridevi is back and how! R Balki and Gauri Shinde’s ‘English Vinglish’ is a treat to watch. A refreshing film that you can sit back and watch with your entire family, the film is the perfect comeback venture for Sriji respect for whom has grown multiple folds. She is the hero of the film and no one else could have done this justice to it. They don’t call her superstar for nothing.
Shashi Godbole (Sridevi Kapoor) is a loving, caring housewife whose favourite subject is making Laddoos. She makes the best laddoos in the world sells them as her hobby. However, there is something missing in her life and i.e. love and respect from her kids and husband. Reason, she can’t speak clean English.
Most Indians will relate to the film and its central protagonist, mostly the ladies. But there is a feel good factor attached, that is problem is not only faced by Indians, but Pakistanis, French, Mexican and even the Spanish. The film has all the necessary entertaining ingredients imbibed, be it comedy, a bit of romance and a pool of emotions. Debutante Director Gauri Shinde sure hits bulls eye in her first attempt and should be commended.
As already mentioned, Sridevi takes the entire cake in the film. Bow to the superstar. Adil Hussain plays the perfect Indian husband. Mehdi Nebbou was intense and a treat to watch. Priya Anand was quirky and interesting. Rest of the supporting stars including Sridevi’s English Language Learning class mates did a good job. They added the required humour to the film. Sridevi’s kids in the film also were fantactic. You can practically watch the film for Amitabh Bachchan’s cameo.
Laxman Utekar’s cinematography portrays New York and Pune well. Amit Trivedi’s music as usual is soothing. Dialogues seem fresh and nothing about the film is made-up or unreal.
A realistic family entertainer that leaves a smile on your face, English Vinglish is a must watch.