There’s An Important Message In Sridevi’s English Vinglish For Women Entrepreneurs

Some movies are like onions. No, not because they made you cry. Well, that too! But because they have layers and layers of hidden treasures within them that are not always revealed all at once.

I was watching English Vinglish with my son the other day. This movie sashayed in the list of Sridevi’s best movies with elan. It goes without saying that I loved the movie when it was released but never watched it again.

A repeat viewing of the film a few years and a few grays later made me realize that English Vinglish is full of so many more brilliant moments than I had realized before. Without trying too hard, it throws up various life lessons, if only we are willing to catch the pearls of wisdom.

Shashi, the entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur today, one of the scenes that struck me as unique was the one where Shashi (the protagonist) is recognized as an entrepreneur by his tutor in his English class.

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I run an NGO that helps women with limited resources to uplift themselves and I realized that so many women, like Shashi, underestimate their accomplishments and achievements. Sometimes, because of conditioning and sometimes, because of society’s attitude towards them in general.

In the film, Shashi sells laddoos which is a legit business that involves back-breaking work, but when her tutor recognizes her as a businesswoman she realizes that there is more to her than what she does so much. That he is more. That he could do more.

Women often underestimate their hard work

‘I just follow my passion, nothing much.’

‘I am just selling some items from home, no big deal.’

‘I’m just running a small platform online, nothing fancy.’

‘Hey! This is a small group of 2 members. Not a company.’

I hear these kinds of statements from time to time, and it makes me sad. scratch that. It’s very sad. These women have great talent, clear vision, amazing dedication and yet, despite everything it takes to be taken seriously, they are dismissed by many – sometimes even by their own friends and family members – as ‘wannabes’ ‘ or ‘timepass hobbyists’.

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How long will we as a society be so ignorant and biased, and we women allow ourselves to be taken for granted?

Entrepreneurship no longer means men in business suits

The entrepreneurship scenario is changing rapidly, and the joke is who hasn’t kept up with it and made a home-grown/small business owner feeling anything less than what they are. I am sure that even some men who take up entrepreneurship face this, but the attitude towards women is worse which is why some of them hesitate to have something like them.

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Fortunately Shashi met people who respected and appreciated him and he discovered his own worth. But to the female entrepreneurs reading this post – I don’t know when the naysayers around you will change or if they will, but know this, please.

If you are selling a product or service, you are an entrepreneur. weather It doesn’t matter what the size of the team is. It doesn’t matter what the size is. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out.

You are not ‘just’ anything. You are ‘more’, and you are more important. Learn, grow, kill and be the boss of who you are!

Anupama Dalmia

Multiple award winning blogger, influencer, author, multi-faceted entrepreneur, creative writing mentor, choreographer, social activist and wanderer at heart read more…

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