Sir Trailer Review: This Film is a Strange Love Story
Sir Trailer Review: The treatment of this film appears to be very European but the point made in it is not clear yet
“You can’t date your maid,” someone sneers in the trailer of Rohena Gera’s feature film Sir. Though this statement is meant to be a critique of elitist attitudes that play up in Page 3 parties when some drinks are downed, I see a lot of sense in what this guy is saying.
Really, who falls in love with his maid and even offers to marry her? I watched open-mouthed as all of this unearthed in front of me. There is a slow-burn mood to the forbidden romance in the trailer of Sir as though the director dares us to believe in the sheer liberating democratic spirit in a true romance. Director Rohena Gera whom I had known before she moved to Paris and married a Frenchman, looks at the class difference from a foreigner’s perspective. The film wears a very European look although its protagonists are played by actors who unmistakably and unambiguously Indian.
The upstairs-downstairs approach to filmmaking seen lately in Downton Abbey and the Oscar winning Korean film Parasite is shrunk in Sir into an intimate study of love across the class barrier. The trailer gives an impression of a somewhat elitist approach to the complex issue of love relationships in a multi-cultural society such as ours. The uppity treatment to the intricate process of falling in love with the househelp is fairly ironical if you think about it. Something like having roadside food in a 7-star hotel.
The one thing that I am very sure of from the trailer of Sir is that Tillotama Shome as the kitchen-centric romantic interest is first-rate. She gets the point. I am not sure I do until I see the film.