English Vinglish, starring Sridevi, will release in China on February 24. The date is special as it is the fifth anniversary of the late actor's death. The Hindi film, directed by Gauri Shinde, will be played in 6,000 Chinese mainland theatres. It garnered a five-minute standing ovation at its international debut. The film's debut was at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. On October 5, 2012, it was launched in Indian theatres.
Sridevi's return to cinema after a 15-year sabbatical made the film special. It also marked Gauri Shinde's directorial debut. English Vinglish became India's official entry at the Academy Awards in 2013. Adil Hussain, Sumeet Vyas, Priya Anand, Sulabha Deshpande, and French actor Mehdi Nebbou also appeared in the film.
Sridevi played a naive housewife who decided to take English classes in the United States. She decides so after being mocked by her husband and daughter. She builds self-esteem after making new acquaintances in her new class.
In a statement, Kumar Ahuja, COO of Eros International talked about the upcoming China release. He said, "Indian films have gradually gained a foothold in the competitive Chinese movie market. It is the second biggest in the world. We have seen a rising demand for Indian films in China Mainland. This is true, especially for the ones which are culturally driven. We are excited for the audience in China to marvel at this masterpiece. It showcases one of the most memorable performances by the late Bollywood superstar Sridevi."