If you like World Movies then try “English Vinglish”

I am a big fan of cinema and particularly foreign language movies. With “the Boss” being Indian I have watched more than my fair share of Bollywood movies but have tired of them of late, limiting myself to only watching the more realistic “art house” movies rather than the commercial blockbusters.
However the other day after much encouragement from the Boss, I sat down and watched the movie “English Vinglish”. This is a thoroughly entertaining gem which follows the struggles of a “traditional” Indian mother and her attempts to learn English to avoid ridicule from her family. The movie marks the comeback after 15 years of former Bollywood

English: Sridevi during an audio launch.

English: Sridevi during an audio launch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

superstar Sridevi. She was a delight to watch (hard to believe she is pushing 50!) and I understand now why she has had such a fan following. The line “her eyes are like two drops of coffee in a cloud of milk” was one of my favourites. ( I tried it on the Boss, but was met with instant suspicion!)
The support cast was equally as good.
I have become a fan of the theatre actor Adil Hussain after seeing his performance in “Life

of Pi” and his performance here as a dismissive, condescending husband was also great to watch.
Mehdi Nebbou  as the French love interest was also very good and being a big fan of French Cinema, I will certainly check out his filmography on IMDB to see what else of his I can watch.
Certainly worth a trip to your local Indian video shop to rent the movie. Just make sure it has English subtitles because although there is a lot of English dialogue you will miss a lot of the subtle nuances of the story if you can’t understand Hindi.

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