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A scene from "English Vinglish"

2 out of 4 stars

English Vinglish
Directed by
Gauri Shinde

Bollywood tours Manhattan in this formulaic feel-good film as a conservative Indian housewife burdened with an ungrateful and disrespectful family rediscovers her self-esteem by sneaking off to English lessons during a visit to New York for a family wedding. The film is often winsome; as is its star, Bollywood favourite Sridevi, as the implausibly neglected wife, but it winds up trapped by the social and cultural hierarchies it seeks to question.

Sept 14, 9:30  p.m. Roy Thomson Hall; Sept. 15; 12:15 p.m. Lightbox 1

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