English Vinglish is a story of a housewife Shashi and her quest to learn English. Shashi has two kids and she lives in Mumbai with her family. Though she is a perfect house maker, she is often criticised by her husband and kids for not knowing English. Shashi's niece understands her pain and she tells her to learn English to get the respect of the family. Shashi takes the challenge to learn the language and joins an English speaking class. In her class, she is instructed to break long words into two to learn them, so she is told to learn Manhattan by breaking into two - Man and hattan. In the same way, she breaks the word judgemental into two, judge and mental. Shashi's struggle and determination to learn English makes the most interesting part of the movie. The movie shows the craze of Indian families to speak English, which creates many hilarious situations.
Sridevi is the perfect choice for this movie. Nobody can play the role of Shashi so convincingly. She shines in her comeback film. Though Sridevi is in a complete de-glamourous role in English Vinglish, she will still mesmerise you with her simplicity and charm. Undoubtedly, Sridevi has given an award winning performance in English Vinglish.
Adil Hussain, who played Sridevi's husband in the movie, is a good choice for this role. French actor Mehdi Nebbou will win your heart with his adorable French accent. He has given a powerful performance in the movie. Though the surprise package of the film is superstar Amitabh Bachchan. He is a total delight to watch in a brief, but very comical role.
Kudos to Gauri Shinde for bringing such a fresh concept on screen. She has a fine control over filmmaking craft. The movie is neither too preachy nor too over dramatised. Gauri Shinde has done a wonderful job from writing perfect script to casting perfect actors for each role. Also the narrative and editing of the movie is crisp and balanced.
The music of English Vinglish is soulful and good, the credit goes to Amit Trivedi (Dev D, Udaan, Aisha fame). Every song in the movie is well placed and does not look forced. 'Manhatten' and 'English Vinglish' are good to listen while 'Navrai Majhi' is fun to watch.
Overall the movie is a must watch. It's a compete family entertainer. It has some excellent performances, especially Sridevi's! When compared to Madhuri Dixit (Aaja Nachle) and Karisma Kapoor's comeback (Dangerous Ishhq), Sridevi definitely has the best comeback in Bollywood with a beautiful story and strong role. One of the best movies of the year English Vinglish deserves a Hats Off!