By Hindustan Times
Writer-director R Balki, who is ecstatic over the first look of his wife Gauri Shinde's debut film English Vinglish, says he is jealous of her, considering she got to work with Bollywood diva Sridevi as a first timer. Balki has co-produced his wife's directorial debut film in which the senior actress is making her comeback after nearly 15 years.
English Vinglish is a fun-filled slice-of-life movie exploring the impact of not knowing English language in everyday life.
"I envy Gauri.. like I wanted to work with Sridevi first but she did. And then I wished I could have thought of this idea, but she did. I am actually jealous of her.. the film made me feel jealous. Both of the things I did not do, so I just had to sit and watch," Balki said.
In the trilingual movie, which has been shot in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, Sridevi plays the role of a housewife, who enrols for an English speaking course in order to please her husband and family.
"I think Sridevi is just perfect for this film. There are some portions that we have shot in Tamil and Telugu. The portion of Amitji has been shot by Ajith Kumar (South actor). So it is semi-dubbed, semi-shot," Balki said.
The film was earlier scheduled to release on September 21, with Kareena Kapoor starrer much awaited film Heroine. But now the release date has been pushed to October 5.
Balki's lucky mascot megastar Amitabh Bachchan will have a cameo appearance in English Vinglish.
"You need a character like that of Amitji in the film. It is nEntertainment, Hindustan Timesot that I decided about Amitabh Bachchan. It was Gauri who thought she needed someone like him for a cameo. I asked him and he agreed to do it. It is a funny kind of a cameo," Balki said.