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  • Sir
  • Directed by Rohena Gera
  • Written by Rohena Gera
  • Starring Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber
  • Classification 14A
  • 99 minutes

Rating:

3 out of 4 stars

The heart wants what it wants, and sometimes what it wants is a light, heartfelt drama about a Cinderella situation. The Mumbai-set Sir fits nicely into the class-and-lass genre.

Young widow Ratna is a live-in maid to Ashwin, a fetching and suddenly eligible bachelor architect. They are both unsatisfied in their roles – she desires to be a fashion designer; he once was happy as a freelance writer and would-be novelist in New York.

It’s a gentle sir-her relationship. The generous and softly brooding Ashwin gives Ratna time off when she needs it and doesn’t complain when she doesn’t correctly prepare his mutton. (She’s a vegetarian, but a woman’s gotta do what a servant’s gotta do.)

As the half realist/half romantic Ratna, Tillotama Shome is excellent. Vivek Gomber as the handsome titular sir? He’s, well, he’s handsome.

The film, from Indian screenwriter and documentary director Rohena Gera, is well-paced and properly sentimental. Social-taboo sexual tension builds at the best increments. At one point, Ashwin gets kicked out of a fancy dress shop. Later, she catches her wealthy master watching an American romantic film. It wasn’t Pretty Woman, but it could have been.

Sir opens April 19.​

Editor’s note: Editor's note (April 22, 2019): An earlier version of this article incorrectly said Ahmareen Anjum portrays Ratna, the lead in Sir. In fact, it is Tillotama Shome.