English Vinglish

Synopsis: The story of a quiet, sweet tempered housewife who endures small slights from her well educated husband and daughter everyday because of her inability to speak and understand English. She is resourceful and open-minded but somehow these traits don't get noticed by them. Then one day on a trip to visit her sister in Manhattan she decides to enroll in an English Learners class and meets a host of new people who teach her to value herself beyond the narrow perspective of her family.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Gauri Shinde
Production: Eros Entertainment
  8 wins & 15 nominations.
134 min

Shashi... tea!


Give me my phone


What no...have your breakfast first...

Why don't you stop this white bread...

why can't you get brown!

Give it to me...

I like white blue red...anything

No Maaji...

your porridge is ready

Can I eat one parantha at least?

Mom...you've had enough

paranthas all your life...

it's time you had porridge now

Shashi where's my parantha?

Hurry up please...

Sagar...your bournvita

it's too white...make it brown!

Everyone wants only brown brown...

Mom look...thief!

One sweet Ladoo mom!

OK my darling...have one

You're sick...

you are going to

become a Ladoo very soon

Eat eat...eat more...

you all are going to die very soon

Sapna quiet

you should eat what you like


This new fad of brown bread...

egg whites...

all started since you

joined this new dance class...

that...that jhaaaz dance!

What's so funny?

I can't control it...it's too funny...

Mama...say... what dance? What class?

Which class?

Eat your omelet

Where's the omelet?

There's only toast and parantha here

Come on Dad...

let's do the jhaaaz dance!

Sapna...your omelet

Mom it is not jhaaaz dance..-

it is jazz dance





Aye careful... pack properly...

Ma'am... It has to be gipt packed?

Not 'gipt'... it's GIFT...


Never mind...

Satish... is the car free?

I have a lot of

orders for sweets today...

Why do you need to go? Send Ramu...

I need to go for a meeting...

Nice to see you Shashi...

The Ladoos were

excellent the last time!

Thank you

Come in...

Will need more Ladoos

next week as well

Give me one Ladoo before she sees

Next, Modern Colony

Yes madam

Hello... come in

Sorry I'm a little late

No problem at all

Come... let's all taste the Ladoos

They are really excellent!

You've done a great job!

Excuse me


the Ladoos were a super hit today!

Everyone loved...

I'm busy right now...

can we talk later please?


how many times have I told you...

not to do this

What are you doing!

Where's Sapna?

First do that Michael Jackson thing

Tell me

First do!

First do! First do!


Where's Sapna?

She's gone to Rupal's house...

to study

What exam?

Must be some test vest...

No test vest mama...

Cafe Coffee Day!

You've let out the secret...

what will Sapna do to you now?

She's gone to Cafe Coffee Day

with her friends...

she's having cold coffee

Aren't you gotten angry?

Not 'gotten'...getting...

I am not getting angry...

what to do?

She's worn a really short skirt...

At least she has worn a skirt!

There are boys with her too!

Lucky boys!

You don't have a problem

with any of this?

I can't hear anything


There's some cold coffee

on your skirt

Where have you been?


With whom?

With Ru pal

Can't you study at home?

You think you can teach me...

English Literature?

Wow... great curry!

Thank god I didn't eat out...

Give me that chilly pickle...


you should stop making

those Ladoos vadoos

I have just one passion...

you want me to give that up too?

Then give me...

one Shashi Special Ladoo!

Only I should eat your food...

why should others enjoy it?

If I didn't cook well...

..you wouldn't even

bother to come home, right?

I've important

meetings to attend to...

these talks take time

Talking to me is not important right?

Oh I forget...

'important talks'

happen only in English

Why waste time talking?

No! No! No!

Dad how could you do this? Please!


What happened?


Satish... What happened?

Why is Sapna yelling?

Shashi...I won't be able to go

to the PTA meeting

How can you do this?

No wonder she is angry...

Told her you will go with her...


How can I...

What do you mean by how?

Aren't you a parent too?

What will I say there?

Don't be silly Shashi...

you're not going into a jungle...

it's a school...

they're not going to eat you up

Now I have to go... bye

I will come with you...

There is no need...

I will tell them you're

ill and Dad's not in town

Why ill? Tell them I'm dead

Don't be dramatic mom

Do you even know what PTA means?


I may not know the meaning of PTA...

but I certainly know

the meaning of a parent

Now before I get really angry...

go get ready

Which one is your classroom?

Which one is your seat?

Not seat...desk...second last row

You sit so far back?

It doesn't make a difference...

come on...

That's really far back...

Hi Sapna...

Hi Rupal!

Hello hello!

I'm Neelam...

commonly known as

Rupal's mother these days

I'm...Sapna mother...Shashi

How nice to meet you Shashi

But I have a bone to pick with you

Every time that Rupal

comes to eat at your house

she comes back home and tells me

I have to learn how to cook from you

No aunty...even your food is...


What a sweet little liar

But you must invite

me home soon Shashi...

then you and I can sit and

gossip about these Siamese twins

Yes...yes aunty...

please come... anytime!

Mom, you wanted to use the loo right?

So nice to meet you Shashi

Bye... see you soon.

What loo?

Come come come...

please sit inside...

I'll be just a minute...

Is this your English teacher?

Yes...Father Vincent...

my class teacher...

Yes Sapna...

How are you?

Mrs. Godbole right?

Pleasure to meet you

How's Mr. Godbole?

Fine...very fine


what should we start with?

As I had discussed with

Mr. Godbole at the last PTA...

Sapna's performance

continues to be excellent...

Sir...sorry... father...

my English not good

If you don't mind...

Of course Mrs. Godbole...

Hindi is our national Language...

we should all speak in it...

but...my Hindi not very good...

is that okay?

No problem!

I am from Kottayam district you see...

Kottayam... that's in Kerala right?

It's famous for its

banana wafers right?

Do you like them?

Very much!

Next time I go I...

I'll bring back a big

packet of chips for you

Is she doing well in her studies?

Of course...

she is one of the top

She could rank first...

if she showed more interest in Physics

But is her English good?

Her English is excellent

Mrs. Godbole...

she is one of our brightest students

But is she respectful?

Does everyone like her?

Sapna...you haven't told

your mum about your fan club?

Bu Mrs. Godbole,

I wanted to talk to you about...

...this inter-school quiz competition

Sapna has been chosen...

Sapna has 'chosen' for the school...

been 'cheesed'...

Has been chosen!

I warned you about my Hindi

She will need to stay back

an extra hour in school...

for practice sessions...

Sir...l have already

spoken to my dad about this...

and there is no problem

Yes but you haven't

spoken to your mum...

Ma'am, I need your permission please

Not a problem father...

our school must win

Although the Coffee Day

business will suffer a bit

Thank you Mrs. Godbole...

I'll see you at the next PTA meeting?

And don't forget the banana chips

Of course not...

Thank you sir

Everything went well right?

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Gauri Shinde

Gauri Shinde (born. July 6, 1974) is an Indian ad-film and feature film director. Shinde has made her directional debut with the highly acclaimed English Vinglish (2012), which marked the comeback of actress Sridevi. Shinde featured in the Financial Times 2012 list of '25 Indians To Watch'. She also featured on Rediff's list of 'Bollywood's 5 Best Directors of 2012.'. more…

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