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Sir film overview: A brave traverse into troublesome territory

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Sir film solid: Tillotama Shome, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Rahul Vohra, Anupriya Goenka, Chandrachur Rai
Sir film director: Rohena Gera
Sir film score: Three stars

Even in an opulent high-rise in Mumbai, a megacity presumably with out as many raised moralistic eyebrows as different locations in India, the sharing of house in the identical flat between a single man and a ‘maid’, can set tongues wagging.

In Rohena Gera’s Sir, it does come up, solely to be swept apart swiftly and decisively by Ratna (Shome): she is right here solely to make a greater life for herself, and for her household left behind within the village. Along with her wage, she’s serving to her sister get an training, and the residue will sometime assist her fulfil her personal goals. It’s solely when her employer, the lately single Ashwin (Gomber) begins to see her as a personable particular person, quite than only a handy fixture, that the divide between class begins to blur.

Is the blurring sufficient, although, for 2 individuals from such various backgrounds to return collectively romantically? How will an unsophisticated Marathi-speaking village woman, nevertheless dignified she could also be, and Shome does an excellent job of coming throughout as a younger lady of immense dignity and self-respect, bridge that near-insurmountable divide that comes with wealth and privilege? How will it work with a person who makes use of English together with his household and associates because the language of communication, dropping into stilted vernacular when instructing domestics, like so many people city varieties?

Sir is an uncommon, brave traverse into unfamiliar, troublesome territory, stepping in very fastidiously into the minefield which individuals like us have taken as a right for years. It’s solely as a result of Ashwin has lived a spell within the US that he’s capable of speak to Ratna with a level of respect, in contrast to his fairly social gathering pal (Goenka), who offers out a stinging, humiliating slap to the ‘servant’. For a movie which is delicate in a lot of its notes, the bald use of the phrase ‘servant’, from Ratna’s mouth, serves as a double-edged sword: within the saying of it, she is acknowledging her personal consciousness of the chasm between them, as nicely our discomfiture at this unlikely couple.

We begin by seeing the 2 inhabit totally different areas within the flat, she in her small ‘SQ’ (servant’s quarter) and the kitchen, he in the remainder of the home. Slowly, as they start drawing nearer, they begin sharing the identical body, tumbling quite too instantly into intimacy. Some extra time spent between the 2, some extra negotiating bends, and the connection may have been constructed upon a bit extra: I missed these in-between moments which happen between scrupulously noticed distance, and the notice between a person and a girl.

Lastly, a movie like this, with its fairy-tale arc, depends upon how a lot it might make us imagine within the truth of an Ashwin and a Ratna discovering lasting commonalities. The ugly real-life truth in India of omnipotent employers preying sexually upon domestics, and the way this stuff can rapidly grow to be unsavoury jokes, is side-stepped by the actual fact of Ashwin being the type of man he’s. You possibly can see he’s form and compassionate, each qualities Gomber radiates nicely, and that his loneliness is being assuaged by this clever younger lady. You possibly can see the gap being bridged by each starting to share little particulars of their day, slowly, awkwardly, however certainly. And the truth that the movie manages to do that, and create plausible upstairs-downstairs characters with out being patronizing, is good: Geetanjali Kulkarni, because the ‘maid’ working in a neighbouring flat, and the one one Ratna can rely on, is terrific.

Will Ashwin and Ratna reside fortunately ever after? Sir, out in theatres right now, scores in having the ability to even pose such a query, with pleasing delicacy. As to the query, who is aware of what the morrow will convey, however we’re all allowed to dream, aren’t we?

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