Why Should Boys Have All the Fun?

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How many Bollywood films have we seen where a bunch of guys go on a road trip and come home wiser with rich life experiences? Right from Sholay, Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara to the recently released Kai Po Che, there have been many films on male bonding. But when Hyderabad-based Shital Morjaria tried to look for a film that portrays friendship or bonding between women, she found none. So she decided to do the only logical thing that came to mind make one herself.

"Which are the female-friendship songs one can remember in Indian cinema? To see three female friends in a film having a good time, without a love angle, song or a villain has not been explored by mainstream filmmakers yet. We are still into films about male bonding, but what about women? What kind of friendship do they share? What are their dreams and aspirations? How do they support each other to get there? These are some of the questions that I want to answer through my film," says Morjaria, whose independent film All I Want Is Everything released in Hyderabad last week, and in Mumbai, Gurgaon, Pune and Bangalore on March 15.

Written and directed by Morjaria, All I Want Is Everything is set in Hyderabad. It revolves around the lives of three girls Nidhi, Vaijanti and Trisha who meet at a film appreciation course and become friends. Each of the characters is grappling with a personal crisis and the film traces their history and looks at their future.

Produced and released by Morjaria and her friends, the hour-long film was shot in 12 days, mostly in Hyderabad. "All of us the cast and crew had our own jobs. We could not take leave from work for more than two weeks, so it was imperative that we filmed in a quick and efficient manner," says the 39-year-old award-winning producer of a noted television channel.

Breaking the perception that women-centric films are issue-based and pontificating, Morjaria has kept her film light and realistic. "People think that female bonding is not everlasting. It is also a general perception that a movie based on the theme will not be commercially viable, but on the other hand, these are the same people that make 'bro-mance' sell," says Morjaria, who is also distributing the film herself. The film has been screened at South Asian Film Festival, Goa, Third Eye Film Festival, Mumbai, and Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala.

Ask her how autobiographical is the film and Morjaria says, "Anybody's first creative project be it a novel, a film, a song or a painting is always inspired from their own lives." She adds that she had always wanted to attend the film appreciation course at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, but could never find time.

Explaining the title of the film, Morjaria says, "We had tried out different names revolving around friendship but nothing seemed to click. One day, one of my friends came wearing a T-shirt that read 'All I want is everything. Is that a problem?', and I thought that it was the perfect title for my film."

Morjaria is now busy making sure that her film reaches a large audience. "Be it film festivals, screenings or theatre releases, I want to devote my time to this film till the end of the year. After that, I might work on a new project," she says.

All I Want is Everything will be screened from March 15 to 22 at PVR Director's Rare in Mumbai, Gurgaon, Pune and Bangalore

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