Writer-director Rahul Bose--who also appears as the extroverted yet disillusioned actor Rage--has fun with his witty concept for the first part of his film, as the sensitive Xen hears the first pangs of teenage crushes and plenty of other intimate information during his days at work. Bhose also manages to charismatically convey the culture of the hairdressing salon, with its polite small talk, occasional snobbery and idle flirtations. At times, “Everybody Says I'm Fine” plays like a Bombay soap opera, dipping in and out of the lives of the customers, and a subplot about a woman who has separated from her husband and has fallen from grace, yet struggles to continue to keep up appearances at the salon, is particularly well handled.
However, the film simply tries to cover too much ground and quickly loses its way as Xen becomes further involved with Nakita and Bhose steers the plot toward darker subject matter and an eventual murder. For the most part, the film is oddly reminiscent of Fina Torres's magical “Woman On Top” and it could have perhaps achieved a similar success had the director concentrated on the breezy, comic tone of its opening and trimmed the thriller elements. Starring Rehaan Engineer, Koel Purie, Pooja Bhatt and Anahita Uberoi. Directed and written by Rahul Bose. Produced by Viveck Vaswani. No distributor set. Drama. English-language, with some Hindi. Not yet rated. Running time: 103 min.