Sir

"This deeply memorable effort was shot with beautifully simplicity, sometimes with dazzling colours and intoxicating music, but largely in closed spaces that reveal much about their inhabitants... " - Georgia Straight

"Sir is ostensibly a Mumbai-set romance about the sparks that fly between a servant and her well-to-do employer. But if you take away the slow-brewing attraction that serves as an appealing logline, you still have a mighty fine picture about a village girl who wants to defy the patriarchy and stand on her own two feet in the city.

"Ratna – played with astonishing grace and immense feeling by Tillotama Shome – had been married off by her parents at 19 to a man who would die months later. According to village customs, her life should be spent mourning. Instead she takes a job in the city, escaping village scrutiny, while spending her wages on her little sister’s education so that the latter doesn’t succumb to a similar fate.

"She also takes every free moment to learn tailoring, hoping to pursue a career in fashion design. That’s what she’s up to when she’s not wiping down counters and preparing dishes for Ashwin (Vivek Gomber), a bachelor succeeding at his family’s construction firm.

"Between them, a tender and observational class drama unfolds, one that avoids most clichés. Writer/director Rohena Gera makes sure that Ratna, as humble as she is about her status on the social spectrum, isn’t validated because of Ashwin and his affections." - NOW Magazine

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