Lakshmi and Me

Nishtha Jain, Denmark, 2007

59 min.DK/Documentary

"What sin did I commit to be born a woman?" Lakshmi wonders aloud. A 21-year-old housemaid in Mumbai, she works ten hours a day, seven days a week. One of her employers is Nishtha Jain, who begins to make a documentary that explores their relationship. Nishtha films Lakshmi at home, and at work in various houses. Lakshmi's is a precarious existence 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.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Lakshmi and Me
Danish title India Steps - Lakshmi and Me
Keywords Women, Women's conditions, Everyday life, Maids, Mumbai, India, 2000-2009
Director Nishtha Jain
Screenplay Nishtha Jain
Producer Smriti Nevatia
Director of Photography Nishtha Jain
Editor Rikke Selin Fokdal
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Hindi
Production companies Raintree Films
Technical info color, Sound
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production companies Raintree Films


Direction Nishtha Jain


Script Nishtha Jain


Producer Smriti Nevatia
Co-producer Sally Jo Fifer
Co-producer Karoline Leth
Co-producer Kristiina Pervilä


Cinematography Nishtha Jain


Stills Rakesh Haridas
Stills Deepti Gupta


Editing Rikke Selin Fokdal

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