One expects the story of All I Want is Everything to be about female bonding. It takes just 15 or 20 minutes to realise that we are neither into an escapist cinema nor a hard hitting real story. They say birds of the same feather flock together. Here three young women who do a film appreciation course have a common factor to fret and fume on and the subject is men. One of them is clinging to a relationship, the other is trying to get rid of it and the third discovers her different sexual orientation.

Let us presume that men will stay away from this male bashing movie but can the director give us a single reason for a female viewer to sit through the entire film, unless she is a divorcee, carrying a heavy emotional baggage or has a traumatic secret? A problem or a suffering is subjective and its magnitude can be gauged on screen only when expressed properly. Here the characters go overboard to show their blooming friendship or express very little when they need to. The rest of the time they are on the mobile phones. The characters are all native, the language spoken is English and so the authenticity, the connection is lost, especially the supporting characters make a mess of it. The film has a run time of one-hour –five minutes and has been certified under the short film category.

Vyjayanti (Sagari) is pregnant and goes through an abortion because her boyfriend abstains from responsibility, Nidhi (Sampada) has discovered her sexuality and is apprehensive to break the news to her people, Trisha (Iantha) is scared of loneliness and wants to marry before her father dies. The girls derive strength through each other’s company and fight their inner demons before embarking a new life, a fresh beginning. The film plays to the galleries, script is not strong enough, the problems don’t seem like problems at all. Save for the cinematography, which again jumps from scene to scene, there is nothing in the film worth talking about. A completely amateurish attempt, the characters fail to evoke concern as they don’t analyse their flaws but are quick to pounce at the perpetrators.

ALL I WANT IS EVERYTHING

Cast: Sagari, Sampada, Ianta

Direction: Shital Morjharia

Music: Parsa Pehlevan Zade

Plot: Three women, their frailties, foibles

Bottomline: For agony aunts and silent sympathisers