Money, Fame and the Knowledge of English. In India, these 3 factors play a huge role in how society judges an individual. The story of the film is 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.
The music of the film is by Amit Trivedi with whom you know you are only going to get some feel-good music this time around. Set mostly in New York the music has a western and digital vibe to it, and is totally in sync with the subject of the film. The title track English Vinglish has two versions The rhyming gives the song a special character. The use of hand drums in the second part of the song is just the perfect finishing touch. Dhuk dhuk sounds like an old Bengali folk song. You are suddenly transported to New York with Manhattan, a funky and groovy song. The rap portions are really catchy, with lyrics including all the big brands – Gucci, Versace, Dior, etc. Again, the lyrics are amazingly in sync with the composition and the digital treatment. Gustakh dil is a mellow number Amidst all the cool and funky tracks is a Marathi song sung Navrai majhi. The music arrangement is very contemporary, situational and very sweet.
Debutant director Gauri Shinde does a wonderful job of bringing this light hearted film , with a universal canvas to the big screen. She succeeds in showing us New York in a very different light and extracts a touching, moving, sweet performance from the lead star Sridevi. The actress encapsulates the character of Shashi and we the audience totally sympathise with her plight. The actress totally gets into the skin of a conservative Indian housewife burdened with an ungrateful and disrespectful family rediscovering her self-esteem by sneaking off to English lessons during a visit to New York for a family wedding. Siridevi is in fine form ,weather she is shown doing the Michael Jackson dance moves to her son or being in a class of international students learning English. Here the ensemble cast includes French actor Mehdi Nebbou, Adil Hussain, and Priya Anand, who give ample support to the super star. The surprise package in the film is none other than megastar Amitabh Bachchan ,who makes a brilliant scene stealing guest appearance.
The film is hilarious as Siridevi attempts to learn English and at the same time will leave an emotional lump in the throat where her character is being taken for granted by her family. Sridevi is on top form in this brilliant come back feel good film that people universally will all relate to and applaud this come back. The audience will love the spirit and determination of the lead character to overcome her insecurity, master the language, teach the world a lesson on the way to becoming a self assured and confident woman.
English Vinglish a hilarious, touching, sensitive, and sweet film that marks the triumphant come back of India's biggest female star...Sridevi.
I now leave it to the audience to make their own minds up.