The film takes place in modern Indian society with three elements of money, fame and English playing an important role in assessing and recognizing someone. The main character of English Vinglish is Shashi – a typical traditional Indian woman. She has no high schooling, day and day stays at home making cakes, cooking and taking care of her husband and children. Shashi’s weak at English and is always ridiculed by the whole family, from her husband to two children. The turning point came when her sister in America invited the whole family to attend the wedding ceremony of her niece.
When Shashi first stepped out of India, Shashi was startled when he came to New York. She decided to attend a short-term English training class in the United States to be able to communicate with people here and most of all, seek respect. Through many awkward and humorous situations, Shashi gradually overcomes her shyness and becomes a confident, courageous woman with more liberal thoughts than before.
English Vinglish is quite similar to the film that won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2011 – The King’s Speech. Along with the story of the disabled people in communication, the film of Indian cinema is more humorous and fresh than British one. The situation in the film is quite simple, just a traditional Indian woman wants to learn English to seek acceptance and respect, but the filmmakers know how to put in elements of very unique cultural conflict in the movie.
English Vinglish marks the return of Sridevi – one of the greatest actresses of Hindi cinema – after a decade of absence. Nearly 50 years old, but her face is still attractive with delicate features that fascinate viewers. Sridevi’s acting is also completely convincing and hypnotizes the audience to follow each of Shashi’s emotions in the inner conflict. Music is also an attractive highlight in English Vinglish with modern, busy songs, especially the song that appears in the middle of the film is very interesting and impressive.