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OTTplay Lost and Found - Sir
Nikhil Kumar
Jan 20, 2022
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Welcome to the podcast that talks about lesser-known films but critically acclaimed, OTTplay Lost and Found with your host Nikhil. Stay locked.

Filmmaker Rohena Gera’s Sir, featuring Tilottama Shome and Vivek Gomber, is a poignant tale of class divide. The film had its world premiere at the 71st International Cannes Film Festival in 2018. Gera’s previous works include the comedy series Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi (where she was the screenwriter) and the 2013 documentary titled What’s Love Got To Do With It? 

Sir narrates the story of Ratna, a widowed domestic help who aspires to be a fashion designer and attends to domestic chores for Ashwin, an affluent NRI who’s struggling to get over a failed relationship.

Gera’s narrative avoids melodramatic tropes and allows the film’s story to progress organically.

The film’s pace can be a bit sluggish but the subtle turns in the story surely seem plausible. Sir is a pointed indictment of the inherent classism in Indian society. But Sir manages this without resorting to tropes. For instance, the economically disadvantaged are not stock characters donning gamchas and constantly whining about their difficult lives. In fact, the bond that Aswhin and Ratna share in the film seems natural and their unspoken equation is so fluid that their differences seem to fade away.

Why Sir resonates with many is the constant push and pull of fantasy and reality. In one moment, you imagine Ashwin and Ratna finding lifelong togetherness. And in the very next, you question if Ratna would be able to realize her aspirations and how that would influence her love life. Sir is rooted in reality, and yet, urges you to take a flight of fancy. 

If you haven't watched this gem of a movie yet, then do so exclusively on Netflix.

That was all the info about the hidden gem “ Sir”, I shall be back with another episode of OTTplay Lost and found, until then its me Nikhil outta here.

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