Sridevi, the original queen bee of Bollywood, is back. Yesterday was doubly special for the veteran actress, as it was her 49th birthday and the trailer of her comeback movie English Vinglish was also launched on the same day.
Sridevi's family - husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Jhanvi and Khushi - were there to lend their support to the diva at the launch party last night in Mumbai. One look at the trailer brings back memories of the Sridevi who used to light up the silver screen with her smile.
English Vinglish is the directorial debut of Gauri Shinde, wife of Paa director R Balki. The movie is the story of a housewife, her struggle with the English language and the insecurities she faces because of it. Gauri Shinde said, "This film is inspired by my mom. Like most people in India struggle with this language, it's just the insensitivity and insecurity that made me do this film."
Asked how she managed to cast Sridevi in her debut film, Ms Shinde said: "While writing the script, I did not think of anyone. When Balki met Boney and Sridevi, they asked him what was he doing at that time. Balki mentioned about me writing a script. Sridevi liked the subject and I narrated the script to her and it just happened."
The film will also be premiered at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the actress has decided to wear a sari specially designed by Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Sabyasachi has styled the actress in the film as well. She looks simple yet stunning in Sabya's printed saris.