Sridevi’s English Vinglish: Old wine in new bottle but worth seeing

English Vinglish is a typical film that was made ever since the days of “Mind Your Language” TV show went off successfully in the 1970s in Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Singapore and South Africa. Later its regional language versions too followed in as many countries. The global hit has relevance to every migrant to an English-speaking country, especially the United Kingdom.

Not relenting its huge success, Gauri Shinde has again took a bet on the theme roping in Sridevi, whose come-back film after 14 years gap was bound to make it to the box-office decently. Moreover, Sridevi did not let any stone unturned to bring back her old image with its premier at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival last month. The film, especially Sridevi’s performance received a standing ovation at the event much to her comfort.

Sridevi plays Sashi,  a Pune-based Maharashtrian housewife, who registers for an English-speaking course to make her husband and family realise her determination to speak English. Her innocent role carries the story line in the entire film brining her admiration from the family.

More than that, the main attraction would be a cameo role by Amitabh Bachchan. The film’s release on Friday, Oct. 5 in regional languages Tamil and Telugu are destined to make the film a sure success in the South where Sridevi reigned the industry once. All other characters are new faces and the director and producer too are new to Bollywood. To be distributed by Eros International which has bought the rights for Rs 20 crore, the film is bound to bring Sridevi back to films the way Amitabh Bachchan staged a successful come-back after a stint in politics in the mid-1980s.

Though the film had attracted criticism for being the old wine in a new bottle especially traceable to “Jaban Sambhalke”, it has vividly portrayed such experiences all Indians face at one point of time in life with at least one of their older generation members facing the dilemma of learning to speak English. And the director and Sridevi tried to make use of the concept in a unique way.

Otherwise, the success of the film solely goes to Sridevi whose performance and sincerity to the industry reflects in it.

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