English Vinglish (2012) Gauri Shinde English Vinglish (still) 2012 Digital video, colour, sound 134 minutes Courtesy of Eros


Shashi, a shy homemaker in an upper middle-class Indian household, is constantly belittled by her husband and daughter because of her inability to speak English. Her life changes when she visits New York to help prepare for her niece's wedding. Struggling with the language barrier, Shashi decides to enroll in an English-speaking course, where she meets people who not only help her learn a new language but also teach her to value herself.

Screening Information

English Vinglish (2012)
Director: Gauri Shinde
India, USA
Narrative| 134 min
English, Hindi with Arabic and English subtitles

Presented by Sharjah Art Foundation, this film is part of the Spring Film Series, which explores themes focused on resistance, passion and self-expression. These narrative films feature indomitable characters who break free from restrictive traditions.

The screening begin at 8:00 pm in Art Square, opposite Sharjah Art Museum.

This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.

About Film Wala

Film Wala is an initiative that celebrates the diverse backgrounds and languages of Sharjah Art Foundation staff members and neighbourhood residents through hand-picked film screenings. SAF staff members are invited to nominate some of their favourite films. The selected films focus on themes of nostalgia, home and popular culture.