REVISION: Life without a maid is a disaster, and when you are a member of the upper class, it is unthinkable. Lexi Makhija, a wealthy socialite, finds herself in a similar scenario, searching for the ideal maid so she can outdo her friends by throwing the ultimate tea party. However, finding the right person who can be a critical partner in her mission is challenging for her, and she sums up her situation perfectly when she says, “Finding a decent maid is exactly like finding the right man in your late 40s.” Lexi seeks to hire a girl whose only identity is that of an assistant and finds the perfect candidate in Lakshmi (Suman Patel), a docile girl whom she rechristens as ‘Shaila’. Lexi quickly discovers the extent of her influence at home, but the story revolves around whether or not they will be able to pull off this great endeavor together.
Neha RT has many roles in this film, including that of writer, director, and producer. ‘The Shaila (s)’ is a satirical look at the complicated relationship between the upper class and their domestic helpers. This script is predictable, but what keeps you hooked is guessing how far both of them would go, whether it’s an increasingly paranoid Lexi frantically clinging to Shaila by keeping a close eye on her through multiple cameras, or Shaila seeing her weaknesses. Lexi and her dynamic of being able to change. in a humorous way. In general, their friendship develops into a tender bond over the course of the movie before things turn upside down.
Kaneez Surka’s Lexie is stunning as a focused woman whose sole goal is to outperform her peers in the fiercely competitive world of tea parties. In her rush to find the perfect maid, Lexie examines Shaila literally from head to toe. But Lexie is a fun character to watch, especially because of the way she reads other people’s minds and interprets it for her own benefit, as well as saying it out loud for the audience to hear. Initially, Suman Patel’s character, Shaila, is overshadowed by her overbearing employer. However, in his new avatar, his tone, gestures and general appearance, he is spot on.
In short, this satire describes the history of the dysfunctional employer-employee relationship with cuteness. So if you are interested in the reality of Indian urban sprawl, this 14-minute short film is worth watching.