Through and through English-Vinglish is Sri Devi’s movie where she sails through her role as Sashi, a home maker and an expert Laddu maker with absolute ease. Sashi, a loving wife and mother to her two children cannot speak English and her husband and school going daughter think they have every right to belittle her without any consideration of her feelings.The second half is all about how she acquits herself in a foreign country where she goes for her niece’s wedding and uses the opportunity to learn English in four weeks. There are many embarrassing situations she faces but comes out with greater confidence at the end of it all winning accolades from her English tutor, her class mates and her sister’s family. Unlike the climax in Indian movies where they offer instant results, we find it is toned down to appear natural and convincing and most important of all several Indian women who lack knowledge of spoken English could relate to.
n.meera raghavendra rao