It was when 2,500 people at the Toronto International Film Festival gave a standing ovation to English Vinglish in 2012 that Gauri Shinde realised that “maybe, I was on to something big”. The film, headlining actor Sridevi, was released in India in the same year and went on to become a defining moment for women-centric films in Bollywood.
It received appreciation from both critics and audiences, and Shinde won several best debut director awards. “Gauri is an extremely passionate filmmaker and it is easy to see that she makes a film just to tell the story,” says actor Adil Hussain, who played the role of Sridevi’s husband in English Vinglish.
Her next film, Dear Zindagi (November 2016), starring Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan, was equally well-received. Veteran adman and Shinde’s husband, filmmaker R Balki, feels that Shinde’s sensitivity is what makes her films “connect so deeply”.
Source: Forbes India