For every Indian parent ‘Good News’ is synonymous with being pregnant. Sofia Ashraf’s latest video tilted ‘Any Good News’ on Culture Machine’s digital channel ‘Blush’ is a satire on a typical South Indian mother’s euphemism for “Are you pregnant?”. As the conversation between the mother-daughter duo unfolds, the video cracks you up with parental expectation.
‘Any Good News’ is a song conversation between Sofie and her mother where her mom keeps questioning her if she has any Good News.Initially Sofie talks about little things that are going right in her day such as good hair and no acne. She continues by talking about her promotion at work and her high SAT scores. Since her mother is still unimpressed, Sofie brings out the big guns and talks about solving the Syrian Refugee crisis and finding a solution to the grand unified theory. But no matter what you have achieved in life, a mother’s parameter for her daughter’s success is measured by her pregnancy.
Speaking about the video, Sofia Ashraf said, “Any Good News is a question that plagues any married woman’s life. It’s sad that no matter what we achieve, we are considered to have purpose only when we ‘pop one out’. I’m hoping moms and daughters can sit and have a laugh about this silly conundrum and realise how ridiculous this mindset is. My mom and I did. She loved the video. Her reaction? “So, mole. Any Good News?”
Another rendition from the ‘Sista from the South’ series, this video sets the tone for a generation that strives to change their parent’s perception towards life.