Not since Rajinikanth has an Indian actor made the impact that Sridevi has in Japan- thanks to a preview and festival screening of her comeback film English Vinglish. What’s more, the film has not even been released there as yet!
Apparently, the theme of an Asian woman struggling with the English language has struck a universal chord in Japan. And the Japanese women, themselves driven to despair by the linguistic discrepancies of the diaspora, have embraced the film in a big way. Now, they want to meet Sridevi before the film gets a Japanese release in December. Speaking from Tokyo where he is currently visiting to launch the film, producer R Balki said: ‘The response is terrific. Every Japanese women identifies with Sridevi.
The Japanese love the film. Anyone and everyone who has seen it has connected immediately with the theme of linguistic barricading.’ On the evening of 1 September, English Vinglish was screened in Tokyo’s Aichi Women’s Film Festival.