Those small moments where they don’t interact but their souls do. The most effective tool is silence. Those distant looks, those small gestures speak more than anything.
Ever since Karan Johar shared the trailer of Sir, I desperately wanted to see the film. Finally, I get to see this beauty now. Sir directed by Rohena Gera starring Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber tells the journey of two people separated by social status yet they are connected by those small moments happening between them. Shot mostly inside a flat which basically looks like a bachelor pad, Sir tells the story of a transgressive love slowly evolving between a domestic housemaid and her employer. Each of the characters in this film has a dual nature.
We all live two lives, one for others and one for ourselves. For instance, Ratna is a hardworking maid who works so that she can send some money to her home in the village but she also has a set of dreams, and eventually she works on it. Ashwin too has a good construction business but he finds peace when he writes and he wants to go back to it. Slowly both the characters start taking interest in each other’s lives. Those small moments where they don’t interact but their souls do. The most effective tool is silence. Those distant looks, those small gestures speak more than anything.
The film doesn’t take you to unimaginable circumstances to show the existence of their love. The script outlines the characters so perfectly that we know that if the circumstances of the protagonists were just a tiny bit different than Ratna would have been just a normal maid and Ashwin would just be a regular master of the house saying thank you to everything she does for him. DP Dominique Colin has a beautiful way by which through images he shows how by being apart they are still pretty much together.
Performances by both Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber is spectacular and praise-worthy. Usually, we see rich people are portrayed as an evil character and the poor as victims. But, here none of the characters have a big ulterior motive for their actions. These are just two normal human beings who are lonely. It isn’t that it’s the first time we have seen such a Jodi of an upper-class guy falling in love with a girl belonging to lower strata of society, we have seen it before in Bobby as well as Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. But, those stories are presented in a manner of fantasies whereas Sir feels as real as it could be.
Overall, Sir beautifully shows a romantic spark between two people who don’t belong to the same class in the most real way possible with solid performances.
Cast: Tillotama Shome, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni.
Director: Rohena Gera