'Everything is Fine,' an Alumni-Produced Short Hits the Festival Circuit
June 22, 2018
Everything is Fine, a short film made by Alumni Sasha John '17 and Mansi Nirmal '17, tells the story of the everyday sexism faced in the home by middle-class Indian housewives.
The filmmakers landed a stellar cast and crew to make their low budget film a reality. Celebrated Indian actors Seema Bhargava Pahwa (Ankhon Dekhi, Dum Lagake Haisha, Ferrari Ki Sawaari) and Palomi Ghosh (Dance to the Rhythm, Mukti Bhavan/Hotel Salvation) star in the film. Academy Award-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty (Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) also participated in the project.
According to Arts & Culture John and Nirmal have been developing Everything is Fine for over two years, while they were still film students at Columbia University.
The filmmakers wanted to portray Indian women in a new way: “A lot of it is based on relationships when it comes to these people, as they’re busy with their own work […] Seema’s role was written with her specifically in mind as Mansi and Seema have worked together before, so they had an existing relationship. The same with Resul. Both Mansi and I knew him, so we just said ‘come and make this story about Indian housewives that nobody wants to tell’, and thankfully he did,” John said.
Everything is Fine won the Audience International Award in the Next Generation category at the recent Brussels Short Film Festival 2018 and it premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival.
The movie has also received great critical acclaim. Christopher Newbould of Arts & Culture said: “It seems appropriate that Everything is Fine deals not with high-glamour sexism in Hollywood or Bollywood, but the very typical sexism of daily life. Seema’s character is not the victim of any casting couch skullduggery or dramatic attacks, but the everyday simple acts of being under-appreciated, unheard and ignored.”