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English Vinglish  (2012 - Hindi)

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English Vinglish cumulative rating: 3.55 out of 53.55/5 (166 users)

English Vinglish critics rating: 3.45 out of 5 3.45/5 (25 critics)

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  • English is a very ‘Feel Good’ language..

    English Vinglish rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 04 Oct 2012)

    Nobel Prize Winner Rosalyn S. Yalow was once quoted saying, ‘The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you’re learning, you’re not old’. Well, that explains why Sridevi looked so young and charming in the promos of comeback film ‘English Vinglish’. The yesteryear diva of Hindi Cinema returns to the silver screen after a 15-year hibernation in a completely new brand of Hindi Cinema. Our last memories of her are associated with either Multistarrer films or Masala Entertainers. No wonder it initially felt a little strange to see her in this alien territory where the makers are new and contemporary without much of a star-value. We have seen several such decisions of big time actors going wrong in the past, but then there have been some great comebacks too. So let’s find out whether this Diva still has her Charisma intact or has it faded away with time.

    ‘English Vinglish’ is story of a naïve and traditional Indian housewife Sashi {Sridevi} who hardly understands English, which gradually becomes the major reason for her being ridiculed again and again by her folks. On visiting her elder sister in New York, Sashi then decides to have a go at trying to learn this language and thus begins her journey to self-discovery.

    Story is simple and one liner, but movies like ‘English Vinglish’ rely more on their screenplay-writing and the treatment by the director. The screenplay out here is fantastic in first half, but drags a lot in second. Luckily, it stabilizes towards the finale giving proper justice to the film. The movie works very effectively in the humiliation scenes like the whole Dining table conversation in the beginning, followed by continuous taunts by Sridevi’s family members {Husband & Daughter} and her first public interaction at the café in New York. There are some sweet scenes like Sridevi’s talk with her daughters’ school head, The whole Hug discussion with her husband {Adil Hussain}, Plane journey with Amitabh Bachchan followed by Her first day at English learning center, Her bursting-out over her fellow classmate Laurent {Mehdi Nebbou}, Sridevi’s bonding with her niece and son, Laurent praising Sridevi followed by the whole Climax speech and her thanking to Laurent.
    On the flip side, one does wonder that why did she never dare to make the move (to learn English) all these years, instead waiting to come down to USA to make her big-decision. Also, the narration in the second half drags a bit, because of the monotonous nature of the sequences. Also, the track of Sridevi and her French classmate was a little over-stretched. What the second half desperately needed was some punch-moments to sail through, which were there in plenty in the first hour or so, and to save itself from falling in the predictability trap. Also, some scenes might remind you of the super hit British sitcom – ‘Mind Your Language’. Camera work is very good, while Editing, as said above, should have been strictly sharper in the second half by around 10-15 minutes.

    Music by Amit Trivedi is good and soothing. ‘Dhak Dhuk’ and ‘English Vinglish’ are particularly well integrated into the narrative. ‘Gustakh Dil’ is a touching number, ‘Navrai Majhi’ is foot-tapping and it’s a treat to watch Sridevi dance here {though very less}. Background music too goes very well with the flow and mood created by the narrative.

    Debutant Gauri Shinde makes an impressive debut by choosing such a novel concept. In a country where people judge each other by their command over a language that’s not ours to begin with, ‘English Vinglish’ is like a tight slap on the faces of those self-claimed intellectuals. She could have been harsher in her replies, but rather chooses a simple, under-stated and feel-good manner which works with double the impact. She starts with a bang, falls flat in between, and yet somehow just gets back on track towards the end, capturing all those small moments of Sashi’s humiliation so naturally, managing a tough task of being simple and hard-hitting at once. An experienced director like Rajkumar Hirani could have birthed a classic out of this material, but Shinde too manages to deliver a decent feel-good film never-the-less.

    After watching Sridevi in this film {especially in the first half} everyone will definitely lament the loss we’ve had in her absence. We have always been watching her as a glam-queen but out here, Sridevi stuns with her grasp over the character of a subdued yet strong-headed home-maker, in total contrast to her overpowering image from the late 80s and early 90s. Furthermore, she looks amazing in all these Maharastrian saris and carried herself with a lot of grace. She particularly excels in the humiliation sequences, English Learning scenes and above all, her Michael Jackson-imitation. Adil Hussain is superb in the role of a typical MCP; watch out for his expressions in the final scene. French actor Mehdi Nebbou gives great support in a role that’s equally sweet. Priya Anand as her niece is great followed by Sulbha Deshpande. Navika Kotia and Shivansh Kotia do great job as Sridevi’s kids. The other class mates are sweet and hilarious. Amitabh Bachchan is fantastic in his cameo, though one does expect his appearance or a glance in the final part of the film. One will remember his words ‘Beshaq, Befikr, Bindaas’.

    So bol mer ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hain Dum ?

    Dum hain as the movie is a thoroughly feel-good film with a great performance by Sridevi. Her experiment of venturing in this new type of cinema has definitely worked. Except for a somewhat dragging and predictable latter half, this movie has all the ingredients that constitute for a sweet and simple family film. It’s a great comeback for the ace actress, surely going to prove her spark hasn’t faded even a little bit, even after a decade and a half. The movie also leaves a message for all those who know a great deal about the English language, that English is very ‘Feel Good’ language. Just like this movie :-).

    Ratings : 3.25/5

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