People claim love to be the epitome of life and happiness. But is love ever enough? Rohan Gera’s film ‘Sir’ is entitled to follow a real-life answer for the same question. Directed and Produced by Rohan Gera, ‘Is Love Enough SIR’ is a Romantic drama that had a theatrical release in India in November 2020. The film was initially premiered at the Cannes Film Festival that fetched the team Gan Foundation Award in 2018. The film marks the directorial debut of Screenwriter Rohena Gera.
Set in the city of dreams ‘Mumbai’, the film follows the story of a self-sufficient housemaid ‘Ratna’ who is a widow and works for Ashwin as his full-time maid. Ashwin has recently returned from New York to support his family after the loss of his brother. Ashwin and his live-in girlfriend had hired Ratna at their house, but eventually, Ashwin calls off his marriage after he finds his girlfriend cheating on him. Being betrayed by the girl that he was supposed to marry, he becomes gloomy, and seeing this, Ratna is worried about him and tries to console him with the losses she has suffered herself.
Keeping the full movie aside, we can get enough idea from the trailer itself. We see Ratna is passionate about her dreams, but her financial condition has prevented her from studying and becoming a fashion designer. In one scene, she asks Ashwin to grant her permission to go out in his absence to buy some tailoring pieces of equipment. He asks her whether it is her childhood dream to become a tailor, to which she corrects him and expresses her wish to be a Fashion Designer.
Ashwin, on the other hand, is passionate about being a writer, but his love for the family has prevented him from returning back and bringing life to his dreams. The class difference between the two doesn’t seem to be a hindrance to the emotional support they aid each other with. Ashwin gifts a sewing machine to Ratna. Consequently, Ratna designs and sews a shirt for him and gifts him on his birthday. They stay with each other and seem to start to share an unnamed bond. Both of them have a conversation on the rooftop, and Ashwin insists her to stop referring to him as ‘Sir’ to which she questions him, ‘Then what should I call you, SIR?’ Both of them have feelings for each other, and Ashwin ends up confessing the same to her. Ratna is hesitant at this discovery and feels that the class and status difference between the two will be a subject of mockery for their relationship.
Ashwin is sure of what he feels for her and doesn’t care what society would say about them. He respects her and ends up taking a stand when one of his friends yells and shows disrespectful conduct towards her. But Ratna, coming from an orthodox society, cares about what people will say. He starts giving attention to Ratna and his family. In contrast, she feels humiliated witnessing it and asks him to stop. When Ashwin’s friend comes to know about the feelings he has for Ratna, even he tries to stop him. Nothing seems to work for this unconventional couple.
The trailer ends with Ashwin’s question whether Ratna feels the same for him or not, to which she says, whatever it is, in the end, I’m you ‘servant,’ portraying that love isn’t always enough in a society, for two people to be together. The film “Sir” starring Tillotama Shome, Vivek Gambhir, Geetanjali Kulkarni Anupriya Goenka, and others is scheduled to have an online release on the streaming platform Netflix on 9 January 2021.