Review of English Vinglish
English Vinglish is a bollywood movie released in 2012. The main character is a traditional Indian housewife, Shashi, who loved her family dearly. However, she was constantly laughed at by her husband and daughter because of her poor English. When Shashi’s niece was going to get married in America, she had to make the trip and stayed in a foreign land for 4 weeks without her family. She went to an English crash-course, where she met people from different countries. After taking lessons and getting along with these students, Shashi came to realize how important it is to love herself and accept weaknesses.
English Vinglish is an extremely approachable movie because we face similar side glances on a regular basis of language barriers and daily tasks in life. When we are surrounded by negative thoughts, we may be greatly affected by them. However, we should not fall into the pit of self-doubt. Acknowledging our weaknesses and turning criticism into encouragement are the two solutions to make ourselves feel confident in every challenge to come. When we begin to love ourselves, things that used to be dull and boring suddenly become lively. Likewise, in the movie, after talking with a waiter in understandable English, Shashi knew she had succeeded and was no longer afraid to talk to foreigners.
Accepting cultural differences and putting yourself into others’ shoes are also the crucial theme in English Vinglish. Embracing differences makes us more tolerant and less ignorant. Furthermore, it gets much easier to see the bright side of one’s personalities and actions. In real life, we tend to dislike occurrences that we are not accustomed to. In the film, Shashi’s English teacher had a horrible breakup with his boyfriend. A student then made a comment about how gay people chose lovers recklessly. Shashi stood up for her teacher, saying that the student shouldn’t have been judgemental toward things that he’d known little. Instead, he should’ve seen the teacher as a person who’d just lost his love. Trying to understand from the teacher’s perspective, the student could learn to be sympathetic. When we know how to interpret the happenings in a different angle, that is so-called wisdom and maturity.
After watching this movie, I’ve learned that loving myself and sympathizing with others may have a huge impact on my own and other people’s life. I will definitely keep this lesson in mind and share it with people around so that we can pass it on, and thereby make this world a better place.