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One of my favourite feelings is when I watch a film that makes me think; “Now this is a movie. I wish more movies were like this.” Films that provoke that sensation for me are not necessarily perfect, but they are always well executed examples of the form that feel both familiar and fresh. Watching English Vinglish gave me that feeling.

 “English Vinglish” written and directed by Gauri Shinde is a simple, strong in heart and performance film which is about a traditional housewife whose only handicap is that she lacks of command in English language.  This is a minor problem but it has huge difficulties for Sashi (Sridevi) who feels isolated and disconnected from her own family because they see it as an embarrassment that she does not know English. When we unintentionally make fun of people’s accents and pronunciation, we notice that the knowledge of the English language is vital for everyone despite their background as it is perceived to be an ability of social status.

The most important thing I learnt from this movie is as humans we should be helpful and tolerant to those who do not speak our language or understand our culture.  We should not be made to think one’s superior just because, or make the other look small. No matter what age, what race or what background you were brought up in, we are all human beings and we all have the same feelings. We have to treat everyone the same with love, respect and manners.

On the whole, English Vinglish is a remarkable film. It’s amusing, emotional, heart-rending and also insightful. An inspiring film with an overwhelming message. So, what are you waiting for? Hurry and head off to the cinema.

Here, I also wish the movie to succeed in all other countries and hopefully in the near future I can meet and greet them at different film festivals.

– Danny Li, Admissions Coordinator




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