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English Vinglish

English Vinglish is a film that I liked. It happens to be the comeback film of Sridevi and she is such a fabulous actor. I'm not sure if I have seen many films of Sridevi earlier largely because she has featured in just this one film after my birth.
English Vinglish is not an entirely refreshing film if you ask me. Like any film, this one is also not for everyone. The film directed by Gauri Shinde has a lot of details that I was able to relate to and I found the film a beautiful, easy watch.
Gauri Shinde makes her debut with this film. Her making is simple and straight and she manages to get great results from her artists. Her story-line is like an underdog tale of a woman and the screenplay moves at a brisk pace. The first half sets the tone of the film and she does that very well. The greatest strength of Gauri and the film would easily be Sridevi, who is so real and full of life in the film. Sridevi carries of the scenes with such ease even when the writing puts in front of her hurdles that we are used to seeing in these kinds of feel good films.
There is this daughter character in the film who is a little too forced to the narrative of Shinde. There is a cute little boy causing his mother trouble as well in the film, but this has been beautifully done by Gauri. There are few other details as well in the film that does not quite gel with the totality of the film but there is a sort of a balance in the film that I liked. Even in the weak scenes, Sridevi manages to bring so much life and bring a smile. There is the brief presence of Amitabh Bachchan as well in the film that is slightly overboard but one that has its own charm.
This is partly typical material, but the two women, Gauri Shinde and Sridevi, make the experience a little more worthwhile.


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