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Release date: 19 February 2015
Running time: 134 minutes
Cinemania is presented by Picturehouse and Film Hub London. Managed by Film London, the Hub is a proud partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. This project is aimed at students. Our cinema will hold monthly screenings of films. The films programmed will be from a range of countries, genres, and forms to open the young audiences up to new filmic experiences and help them discover and develop tastes for different types of cinema that they may previously have been exposed to. We would like to create a new generation of cinema goers while at the same time creating a new type of learning environment which will benefit all students. The legendary Sridevi makes her long-awaited comeback in a touching drama about a woman liberated by education. Shashi (Sridevi) is a housewife and mother who lives in New York with her family. Shamed and restricted by her inability to speak English, she's teased by her children and patronised by her husband. Circumstances contrive to help Shashi overcome her insecurity and enrol in an English language class, where she's puzzled by the language's many inconsistencies. The light-hearted 'English Vinglish' follows her journey to becoming confident and self-assured in the bustling Big Apple. The film marks the directorial debut of writer/director Gauri Shinde, wife of filmmaker R. Balki, who was inspired by the experiences of her mother. She also succeeded in coaxing one of India's greatest actresses, Sridevi, back to the screen after a 14 year absence. Making her Bollywood debut in a supporting role is Priya Anand, who's best known for her work in Tamil and Telugu cinema.
Original title: Cinemania: English Vinglish
Age restrictions: PG