Prabalika M. Borah tracks down the true story of the three girls who said ‘All I want is everything’

Have you ever imagined that a visit to the nutritionist can land you your desire, besides the obvious reason of frequenting her —i.e., to get into shape and stay healthy? Well, it happens. When right people are at the right place at the right time, one can see their dreams coming true, says Sagari Venkata who landed a role in the 60-minute-long English movie All I want is everything. “I wanted to act and was doing a lot of audition. Each person I met for my roles classified what movie I will be working in but never told my role. The response would be ‘you will be working in salwar kameez movie’ or ‘it is a modern dress movie.’ That is how the classification was made when I went to meet production houses for work. None told me about my role or even mentioned about a script. Shital m’am was introduced to me by my nutritionist and in my first meeting I was asked to go through a script to see which role I would ideally like to do.”

Sagari plays one of the three girls on whom the movie is picturised. Sagari, also a singer now, feels the movie was the best debut she could have asked for. Making her parents agree to let her act wasn’t a hassle because the producers were all women and “one of them is Jhansi who is known as a firebrand.”

If these were Sagari’s reasons, her co-stars Ianta and Sampada had absolutely no such thoughts. While Ianta Micthel was looking for a break, Sampada Harkara was waiting for a directorial debut. “To direct, was my dream. But to achieve that, I needed to work first. I’ve had experience from theatre in acting and working backstage, but that was not enough to make me direct. Nor did my degree in film school was sufficient. Experience counted. I was told about the movie by a common friend and I took it up to gain hands on experience. The time frame was something which I could afford so I took the offer and went on to be my self,” says Sampada who couldn’t be on time for the launch of the premier and release date announcement. “I will be here on time for the premier for sure. I don’t want to miss the opportunity of getting the real feel with the audience,” says Sampada who works now in a production house in Mumbai.

All I want is everything is slated for March 8 release and the team is excited. Even as the three girls meet and bond over cold coffee, pizza, pasta and salads, the producers and the director take care of them like doting parents while discussing ‘it is nice to see the team back together.’ And as the girls speak there is the visible friendly camaraderie. When asked about the sad and annoying moments during the shoot. The entire team laughs and behaves ‘perfectly being polite.’ Shital breaks the silence and insists, “that’s ok you can tell.” Without losing a moment Ianta says, “I was late for a day’s practise before the actual shoot and after the ‘talk’ I was in tears. I cried though I play a tomboy who is talkative and fun loving, which is very much what I am in real life.” While coming to her favourite scene Ianta says it has to be the bike riding day. “It was so much fun riding around at night.”

With so many women working on one project, wasn’t it a pressure cooker situation? “That’s all a part of the game, What matters is the end result and the film fests have given us a very good feedback,” says Jhansi who is one of the producers of the movie.