Sridevi is India’s only female superstar: R Balki

English Vinglish, which marks Sridevi’s comeback to Kollywood as well as Bollywood, is all set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival starting September 6

The film, to be released in Hindi and Tamil simultaneously, also marks the directorial debut of Gauri Shinde, Balki’s wife.Says the producer, Balki, “The whole team is thrilled that our film has been chosen in the ‘Galas’ section for a world premiere at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival. It’s an honour when your film is being showcased alongside films by Billy Bob Thornton, Roger Michell, Robert Redford, Mike Newell, Ben Affleck and Mira Nair. Gauri (Shinde) and I are personally very excited. And I hope the world cheers the comeback of Sridevi — India’s only true pan Indian female superstar.”

The movie stars Sridevi, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou and Priya Anand. Another highlight is that Amitabh Bachchan has done a cameo in the Hindi version, while Ajith appears in the Tamil version.

English Vinglish is the story of a woman’s struggle with the English language, and the insecurities she faces because of it. The film, shot mostly in New York, captures her transformational journey. The film has music by Amit Trivedi, lyrics by Swanand Kirkire, sound by Resul Pookutty, cinematography by Laxman Utekar and is edited by Hemanti Sarkar.