Non-review: English Vinglish


It’s about believing in yourself when nobody believes in you.

I have never had problems with the English language. I’ve always been good at it. The various rules have always been easy to understand. I don’t really understand why people struggle with it; all you need is practice.

But I get English Vinglish: it’s about believing in yourself when nobody else does.

It’s not about starting something. It’s not about success. It’s not about an underdog taking a chance. It isn’t about learning English and showing people that you aren’t “illiterate”. It isn’t about standing up for yourself.

It is simply about believing.

It was an unexpected pleasure to watch this movie. And the only reason wasn’t the fact that I was watching one after a long time. The story was simple and well-told. It was real and believable. Very heart-wrenching. Very relatable, even if not exactly in terms of learning English.

If you set your mind – and heart! – on something, you can certainly achieve it. If you can stand up for yourself, you can always find a way. There is always one, just hidden behind “complications”.

It is only belief that would help you fight the barriers.  Which would never be easy, of course. Which wouldn’t always work, unlike in a movie. But you’d know you tried.

At the end of the day, that is all that matters.