Friday, October 5, 2012

English Vinglish (2012) - Movie Review



I have just stepped out of the theater and flashes of the film are all over my head. English Vinglish is an honest effort beautifully executed. It casts a spell on you right at its outset and charms you through to the end, walking you through every emotion - love, hatred, happiness, sadness, fear, anger, aggression, submission. It isn't quite the script but the execution that makes all the difference. Debutant director Gaurie Shinde, Balki's (the man behind Paa) wife, tenderly and skillfully handles every detail.

Every character in the film from Adil Hussain (playing Sridevi's husband) to Priya Anand (playing Sridevi's niece) to Sulbha Deshpande (Dadi) to all her coaching class friends commendably justify their screen time. Special mention to Laurent, the French actor (played by Mehdi Nebbou). His screen presence is spell binding and works wonders for the film. And last but not the least, the 'entrepreneur' Shashi Godbole aka Sridevi. The star of the show! She is effortless as an actor and a perfect cast for this role. No one emotes like her. Her face does most of the talking. The cotton sarees adorning her lend an irresistibly desirable look. I'm sure the men will agree :)

The film is hard hitting without being overly dramatic and that's its USP. A trademark Balki film. 3 words to express my love for the film - Go watch it. For the ones who've seen it, I'm waiting to hear from you!

It's raining good Bollywood films in 2012. Which one is your favorite? Paan Singh Tomar, Vicky Donor, Gangs of Wasseypur, Kahaani, Barfi, OMG, English Vinglish? Did I miss out any?