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A simple Indian woman's complexes are explored with warmth and charm. Sridevi brings to us a home-maker's self-doubt with a wonderful performance despite the squeak in her voice and distracting accent.



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Sridevi is back! And I am not even a Sridevi fan, as in back in the days of Madhur Dixit vs. Sridevi, I was clearly in the Madhuri camp. Yet, I am excited to see her back. There is more meaning to these come backs by women leads from 15-20 years ago who took time off for family and now are playing their age. Okay, maybe a little younger, but nevertheless, it is exciting to see them trying stuff different from what they were known for.

English Vinglish is going to take a dab at the importance of the English language in the urban Indian context. It is also using diaspora to accentuate this issue as most of the film is set in New York. It also looks like a tribute to the Indian housewife, who chooses to cater to her family but is looked down upon my most of the people around her. Sure, the condescending attitude of urban India is changing towards her, but it is nowhere close to gone.

All these issues are interesting by themselves and in a way they are related to each other and can form an endearing coming of age story of an Indian housewife finding her way in New York. English Vinglish also seems to have a setting that reminds me of one of my favorite TV shows from when I was growing up – Mind Your Language. The signature tune instantly recalled and very fresh while even thinking about the show. Hopefully, the film will have a decent tribute.

The lines used in the trailers, both tickle and seem insightful. Same goes even for the first look of the film, even though it was a little long. I only hope the film doesn't go all jingoistic on us and stays on neutral, sensible, logical ground.

Meanwhile, Amit Trivedi seems to have again done a decent job of creating entertaining music.

Music Reviews:
Milliblog - "Competent vompetent soundtrack from Amit Trivedi."
Music Aloud – "7/10"
dunkdaft - "A perfect - verfect soundtrack for the movie"
Bollywood Hungama – "3/5"
Bollyspice – "3.5/5"
Apun Ka Choice - IANS – "3.5/5"
glamsham – "3.5/5"
Koimoi – "3/5" Bollywood Life – "3/5"