By Hindustan Times
Direction: Gauri Shinde
Actors: Sridevi, Adil Hussain
Rating: *** and 1/2
English Vinglish is that rare thing – a Hindi film that creates a heroine out of a homemaker. Shashi, played by Sridevi, is a beautiful, accomplished woman who efficiently manages her home, husband, mother-in-law and two children. She also runs a small business making ladoos.
In a nicely done opening sequence, debutant director Gauri Shinde establishes that Shashi is the glue that binds this family together. As their morning rituals play out, she serves tea, breakfast and biscuits, but doesn't find a minute to enjoy her own coffee with a newspaper.
Yet Shashi's entire existence is undermined because she doesn't speak English. Her teenage daughter and husband treat her with an affectionate d