I’m a sucker for Bollywood films. I love that they often fit a number of genres — comedy, musical, drama, and social commentary cleverly rolled into one. Last week, I watched the film English Vinglish starring the late Sridevi. The story revolves around Sridevi’s character, a woman named Shashi, who makes and sells delicious desserts out of her home. Shashi enrolls in a four-week English-speaking course to stop her husband and daughter mocking her lack of English skills and through that journey, gains self-confidence and respect from her family. It is beautifully written and directed by Gauri Shinde, and premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival where it supposedly got a five-minute standing ovation.
There is one scene in particular that resonated with me: Shashi heard someone call her judgemental in English, but all she heard was ‘mental’ and
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