English Vinglish truly marks the rebirth of a star 'Sridevi' who has returned to film industry after 15 years at the age of 49. In her heydays of the eighties she ruled Bollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood often driving films to blockbuster status without bothering who the hero was. The movie has been directed by Debutant writer-filmmaker Gauri Shinde.
The movie is about the story of Sashi (Sridevi), a middle-aged Maharashtrian housewife who earns her own money by making sumptuous ladoos and selling them to the experts. Sashi is ridiculed for their poor linguistic skills by their English speaking family. Sashi finds herself as an object of potshots by her husband (Adil Hussain), who has little respect for her real talent and her 7th grade daughter who feels ashamed to even introduce her mother to her school folks. Sashi flies off to New York to lend a helping hand at her niece’s wedding where she smartly grabs the opportunity to enroll herself into English speaking classes. In no time, Sashi becomes the most committed student in her class and starts watching English movies to improve her English reading and writing skills. She does everything more significantly to earn respect that she duly deserves from her family. In her pursuit of literature, she finds her classmate, a Frenchman (Mehdi Nebbou) getting attracted to her plain simple personality. Despite several barriers, Sashi manages to achieve her goal.
Sridevi is so charming and hats off to her for the awesome performance. She has not acted but lived as Sashi with the right portions of susceptibility, control, and quiet strength, delivering a performance that is nothing short of perfect. With the meaty role in ‘English Vinglish’ after 15 years, post watching the film, I have just one word for the actress - FLAWLESS!
‘English Vinglish’ film is a poignant dollop. No doubt, the film leaves you with a big smile on your face. There's also a delightful cameo by Amitabh Bachchan for Hindi and by Ajit Kumar for South Indian languages. Both the actors are good at stealing the scene with flawless comic timing. Overall, ‘English Vinglish’ is a complete family entertainer and worth every penny! Yes, Sridevi is back!