Lakshmi and Me
There are 40 million domestic workers in India. Even in a metropolis like Bombay, old feudal attitudes still govern relationships between employers and their ‘servants’. Against this backdrop, Nishtha begins making a film with Lakshmi, her part-time maid. 20-year-old Lakshmi’s existence is precarious to begin with; illness and romance compound her problems in unexpected ways. As the filmmaker is drawn deeper into Lakshmi’s life, she is forced to question many of the things she takes for granted. During a year and a half of dramatic changes, the process of filming has its own impact on unfolding events and on the relationship between the two women.