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Everybody Says I'm Fine! (2001)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 26 July 2002 (India)
A hair stylist, who can read the minds of those whose hair he cuts, decides to act on his gathered information.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rehaan Engineer ...
Xen
Koel Purie ...
Nikita
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Tanya
Anahita Oberoi ...
Misha (as Anahita Uberoi)
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Mr. Mittal
Sharokh Bharucha ...
Bobby
Juneli Aguiar ...
Tina (as Junelia Aguiar)
Yogendra Tikku ...
Ramkishore (as Yogendra Tiku)
Delna Patel ...
Monica
Manohar Singh ...
Mr. Ruia
Anjula Bedi ...
Mrs. Ruia
Shyamoli Varma ...
Mrs. Mittal
Bandana Krishnan ...
Alia
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In his youth, Sikander Malik lived a middle-class lifestyle in Bombay with his parents, who ran a musical band and a recording studio. One day the studio caught fire from a short-circuiting soundboard, instantly killing his parents. Sikander survived, recuperated and shortly thereafter found he has gained the ability to read people's minds whenever he comes in physical contact with them. Years pass. He now owns and operates a unisexual grooming parlor ('Xen's') and has a number of customers that include: Bhopal-born Tanya Ruia, who wants no one to know she has been separated from husband Jaydeep and son Rahul; Misha Patel, who sells cocaine to youngsters so that she can fund her need of this drug; collegians Bobby and Tina who secretly meet after hours in the salon; Rage, an outrageously eccentric young actor; Siddharth Mittal, a successful but abusive businessman and his daughter, Nikita. Things are about to change in Sikander's life. He finds he cannot read Nikita's mind, Misha ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com) / revised by statmanjeff

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Rage: I come to you at the most important turn of my career, the start of a glorious but selective filmography, and-and-and-and you threaten... you're threatening to-to-to nip it in the butt because... because you have creative block!
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Could have made good points but gets muddled and seems to say things that are foolish
3 August 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hairdresser Xen had a traumatic childhood. He was in a recording booth when a short killed his parents at the mixing desk. He watched in silence as they died. Since then he has been able to read people's thoughts and hence see past their fronts. He generally is able to help those he sees but one girl, Nikita doesn't seem to be readable.

This film starts in a mix. The death scene and the way Xen reads minds are strange and feel ill at ease in the hairdressing saloon. However once you get the grip of the setup it becomes a lot better. The film seems to be saying – be real rather than front up, and for the most part it says it. However when Xen begins to `help' his customers he does it by encouraging their fronts rather than helping them to be real. With both of his first two customers he helps he builds on their fake lives and helps them to believe their lies. Is the film saying that it's better to have a front than deal with reality?

The title suggests that it is looking at the culture of people just saying `fine' when asked `how are you' rather than saying `actually I'm a mess'. But the film never says this and supports the fake opposite. The only interesting thing it does do well is to show that the quiet ones, the successful ones and the loud outgoing ones all have issues and problems – we all do. However this is lost in the final half an hour – when we have the fake lives supported and a strange plot about abuse that doesn't seem to have a point to make.

For the most part this is entertaining and interesting, it's only the last 30 minutes or so where it badly loses it's way. The gentle pace of the film makes it enjoyable even when the meaning is muddled. The cast are generally good – even if some have little to do or play Asian stereotypes. Rehuan Engineer (yes, really) is very good as Xen and likeable but Koel Purie is confused and misused as Nikita.

I must say it was passable, but I'd expected more – it set itself up nicely and avoided being daft but really it didn't make a good point and just ended up confusing itself and getting all twisted up.


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