Money, fame and a knowledge of English. In India, these 3 factors play a huge role in how society judges an individual. English Vinglish is the story of Shashi, a woman who does not know English and in turn is made to feel insecure by her family and society at large.
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the screenwriter/director made this film as an apology to her mother for being embarrassed about her english - any desi person would understand the nuances of not wanting to appear fobby (even if it's through your mother), the film heartwarmingly depicts not only that but how when you gain self-assurance through something you once found impossible, you find your own agency and self-respect and everyone finds it too.