Zini, me & life in general

After having Zini, i never thought i will be watching movies again in theater, leave alone write about one of them. But here i am writing about English Vinglish, and yes i watched it in theater!!! But if you are thinking this is a full fledged review of the movie, then sorry, it is not!!! Instead this post is about how i felt after watching the movie…

I wanted to watch English Vinglish because of Sridevi and thought hubby may not be interested so i planned to go with my friend after dropping Zini to school. But hubby said he to would like to watch it (thanks to Rajiv Masand who gave this one 3 and 1/2 stars!!!), so this sunday night we went and watched the movie and i am glad we did it 🙂

The movie is a little cliched at places (i would not spoil the fun by divulging too many details in case you have not watched it). I would have loved if she had little more fun, but nevertheless Shashi played by Sridevi was a very likable character. The story revolves around how Shashi feels helpless, out of place and humiliated at times because of (lack of) her English skills, and finally how she overcomes all the negativeness and emerges a happier person. Did i say i loved the movie?! And after a long time a movie and its characters stayed with me after it ended!!!!

After watching the movie i read interview of the director, Gauri Shinde in old newspaper (yeah, Zini went to school and now i can read newspaper peacefully :)), after reading that I am surprised that how strikingly different is the thought process of Gauri (the director) and  Shashi(the character)…

It also made me think about my relation with my mother when i was a teen. I remember that we had our differences but i & my brother never looked down on my mom and never did my father the way Shashi’s daughter and husband does that. I always found them equal. It was the case with my grandparents and uncles and aunts too. Almost all the women in my family have their own identity and are strong and independent.They are educated and working outside home, so they are financially independent. They can drive a vehicle, so they are not dependent on anybody to go anywhere, they can move around as they please. None of them is afraid of travelling alone or managing in a new place alone!!!

I also remember my mom teaching us to respect everybody. I remember her telling me that everybody can’t be perfect at everything, but the other person always has some knowledge that you don’t have and you better respect that person for that and try to learn from him/her!!!

The movie also made me think about my school!!! I studied in a Gujarati medium school. But i speak decent English. Sometimes better than some students educated in English medium. There are lots of people from my school who speak really good English and are very articulate. When the FM radio started in Ahmedabad, most of the RJs were from my school!!! All this makes me realize that in our school we were encouraged to communicate and to do public speaking which resulted in our love for language. And once you learn to  communicate well in one language, learning a new one isn’t that difficult!!! I feel lucky to have studied there…

I also remember when i started studying English for the first time in 5th standard. I used to practice speaking English with my mom (i had this habit of telling my mom everything i studied in school, i even bombarded her with information on human respiratory, blood and digestive systems while studying biology!!!)…

It also reminded me of the time when i was preparing for GRE and TOEFL. I used to watch English movies with subtitles to understand the accent (as TOEFL at that time had a section on listening where you had to listen to a passage spoken in American accent and then answer questions based on that).

Wow, never thought a movie can spark off so many memories!!! Thankfully they are all happy ones.

Though i am surprised how the movie didn’t make me think about my relationship with hubby or Zini. Probably because i am still not at that stage in life…

Go watch this movie, i am sure that will make you also feel good and will stay with you for a long time 🙂


Comments on: "English Vinglish (It’s not a movie review)" (26)

  1. I too loved the movie TM.. and guess what.. we too went for a night show 🙂 I too could relate to many things from the movie.. including the ones that are not very happy. I so wanted to blog abt it, but then if something is so close to your heart, you will never feel like saying it. I am yet to gather that courage to write abt my mom.

    I loved reading abt the beautiful memories of your childhood. Kudos to all the women of your family!!! 🙂

    • techie2mom said:

      Hey GB, Hugs…
      The movie is definitely a thought provoking one…
      Thanks a lot for the kind words 🙂

  2. I have watched it and i am also glad i did. I am glad that the memories it triggered are the happy ones.

  3. Yes even I liked the movie, But i was not able to relate myself or women around me with Sridevi’s character! It is a feel good movie! By the way , it is a feel good post too!

  4. i just loved the movie.. 🙂

  5. I was to watch it on saturday .. other plans came up so now I will see it on the weekend coming fingers crossed 🙂

  6. I liked this movie too.. the emotional part of me even shed few droplets at the climax.. nice to know that it has rekindled so many of your memories and good that you recorded them here 🙂

  7. Haven’t seen the movie yet 😦 … hope I get to see it soon.

  8. I havent seen the movie yet 😥

    The RJs were from your school? So cool ZM 🙂

    I remember religiously tuning into Mirchi, coz it was the first, then came City. Do you remember the names of the RJs?

  9. Your mom is a very wise lady! Absolutely right that everyone has something that you can learn from!

  10. glad that the movie brought back some of your memories! i loved the movie so much that i even watched a couple of scenes twice, just to enjoy them. 🙂 i hated it when shashi’s daughter was reluctant to take her to the PTA because she didn’t speak english well. i studied in a convent school and my granny always was a part of all the PTAs. i guess many people would relate to something or the other from that movie. great watch it is! 🙂

    • I know, i too didn’t like the way her daughter treated her, esp. at school.
      Wow, great to know your granny too came for your PTA!!! how cool is that!!!!
      The movie indeed is a great watch 🙂

  11. Loved the movie. Like you, we did not disrespect anyone due to language. My mother speaks English and so does my grandmother. But I don’t think anything would change even if they did not.
    But, I liked the subtlety in some scenes.

    Yay, you are back to theatres 🙂

  12. Hey ZM!! Where are you? Hope everything is well at your end… not seen for a long time..

  13. Where you disappeared .. and I still havenot been able to see this movie

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