Big B expressed his appreciation of the film on his blog srbachchan.tumblr.com. He wrote: “A viewing of 'English Vinglish' directed by Gauri Shinde, wife of R. Balki, leaves me with collective lumps in the throat and a surge of flushed eyes near the tear ducts. And it is not all the emotion of a particular moment that puts one in such state. It is the uncontrollable effect of appreciation that prevents one from expressing any at all.”
English Vinglish stars Sridevi as a housewife who is mocked by a lot of people around, including her family, for not knowing English. So she learns English in the US.
Amitabh Bachchan was particularly impressed by the way the film expresses the ordinariness of life.
“In our simplicity lies the true story of a lifetime. Massive explosions and devastating action sequences make you wonder in high adrenalin awe. But equally, the ordinariness of everyday life, strikes many strings that work together in sympathetic chords. It is complex and most difficult to be weathered in by simplistic endeavour,” he noted.
English Vinglish is directed by Gauri Shinde whose husband R. Balki directed Amitabh Bachchan in films like Paa and Cheeni Kum. It has Big B sharing screen space (although briefly) with Sridevi with whom he has earlier worked in movies like Aakhree Raasta, Inquilab and Khuda Gawah.
Big B wrote that Indian cinema is going through a wonderful time.
“The revelation of immense creative talent in this 100 years of Indian Cinema, surprises me with each passing day. The verve and vigour and enthusiasm of the myriad hopefuls in this elaborate and exceedingly competitive profession, is to be seen and experienced,” he said.
“What wonderful times we live in. How compelling it has become to view each new and fresh concept with wonder and awe, and how frustrating to not be today among the calibre of those that are designing the rules of the game!!” wrote the 69-year-old superstar who is currently hosting the telly show Kaun Banega Crorepati 6 and will be seen making a cameo appearance alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby.