English Vinglish Movie Review

English Vinglish (Hindi)

Release Date:
October 05, 2012

Money, Fame and the Knowledge of English. In India, these 3 factors play a huge role in how society judges an individual.

English Vinglish is the story 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. Hilarious, touching, sensitive, and this film marks the come back of India's biggest female star...Sridevi.

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There is a lot to like in English Vinglish, which is the very definition of a gentle and urbane entertainment

The Hindu

But even when the film feels shaky and stretched, Sridevi doesn't miss a beat. Her performance is a triumph

Hindustan Times

It's warm and fuzzy, and leaves you with a big smile on your face

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

A likeable film, which gives us a silky- smooth first half, a slowed-down second, broad-brushstroke-y characters, and an actress who makes it all work

Indian Express

The film is staggeringly basic, with a fiendishly unclever plot and a narrative completely bereft of surprise. However, in a film cluttered with lesser victories, Shinde's greatest one might be the deftness with which she steers clear of melodrama. The result is simple, effective and undeniably striking


At 135 minutes, English Vinglish is an absolute delight. No scene's out of place, no character unnecessary and no dialogue forced. The script, penned by Shinde, is razor sharp and she brings little nuances to her characters that help create an environment you can relate to

English Vinglish is breezy, light-hearted cinema with a woman’s big journey at its core, and the abiding reason to watch it is the lead actor

What Gauri Shinde’s debut film insists on showing us is so deliberately unspectacular, so quiet and dull and taken-for-granted, that when we see it in real life, we merely avert our eyes


English Vinglish is remarkable! The characters are well researched and written and cast appropriately. Sridevi puts the act back in acting with her performance as the subservient and tolerant Shashi Godbole


English Vinglish stands tall on the shoulders of two courageous women, Gauri Shindi and Sridevi who deliver one of the finest films of 2012. A definite watch for everyone


Although it is impressively crafted, crisply edited and generally well-acted, English Vinglish hobbles along on the crutches of all manner of stereotypes

A sweet, sensitive and superlative film that makes you laugh, cry and smile. Every emotion is identifiable, every nuance is balanced. The characters are real, the performances effortless

Times of India

It's amusing, emotional, heartrending and also insightful. An inspiring film with an overwhelming message.