Language no bar
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This is the first time that I have worked with a lady director. Being a woman I could talk to her about anything, but otherwise she is a strict director to me
It takes an exceptional actress like Sridevi to be able to
undo the image that the audience have of her and make them think about the character
- R Balki
If you want to get to know people, you should make a film. It's like that Bigg Boss house where your real personalities will come out at one point because you are working so closely together
What should the audience expect from the just released English Vinglish starring Sridevi?
Gauri: English Vinglish is a journey about a woman conquering her insecurities by the way of language, which is just the medium. Besides, this film is also about how each one of us has some insecurity or fear that we need to tap into and conquer. I have also addressed the struggle which most of us experience with English as the form of expression. It's about how language should not, and cannot be dividing people, countries, states or anything. We need to go beyond that and connect at a much deeper level, communication being the key.
What kind of reactions have you received for the film?
Sridevi: Very positive. I never expected this kind of a reaction and this has really given us confidence. At the Toronto Film Festival, it was unbelievable. First of all, we didn't understand what was happening. We were trying to leave the auditorium, but realised that nobody was ready to move; they were just clapping. We will always cherish that moment.
Was it the director (Gauri) or the producer (Balki) who approached you?
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