25 October, 2020

English Vinglish

Sometimes, good movies can be made on the trifles of life than on a big idea. Gauri Shinde has made one

English Vinglish
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Starring: Sridevi, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou
Directed by Gauri Shinde
Rating: ***

Sometimes, good movies can be made on the trifles of life than on a big idea. Gauri Shinde has made one—that springs from a recurring scene of my own teenage years. The embarrassment of bringing my non-English-speaking mother to the PTA, the mortification on hearing her speak to the teachers in Hindi and, later, the incredulity in seeing how popular she was among them. One of the many times when my tacit love for her was swapped for my insane desire to not acknowledge her. But this could be a page out of anyone’s life. Haven’t we all been callous with people we are close to?

Shinde succeeds in making a genuine and empathetic film. It’s set around a very real-world issue: where a wife and mother is loved yet taken for granted. Where she’s hurt...

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