SIR – Review by Mythilly Ramachandran (Guest Post)

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Sir (aka Is Love Enough, Sir?) is a tale of forbidden love. Rohena Gera marks her debut with a heart- warming and poignant story that holds a mirror to the class divide in India.

“People will make fun of us,” Ratna says while acknowledging her feelings for Ashwin. “I don’t care,” he tells her. But she cares.

Rohena Gera’s debut feature film in Hindi, Is Love Enough Sir, holds a mirror to society’s dictates on love and prejudices governed by social status and culture. The film won a Cannes Critic Week award in 2018 and is now streaming on Netflix.

Ratna, a live in maid working at Ashwin’s house is well aware of her position in the household. And the practical woman that she is, Ratna is not carried away by Ashwin’s idea of love. They clearly don’t make a ‘made for each other’ couple.

Set in Mumbai, this story of forbidden love is heart -warming and thought provoking. Tillotama Shome portrays Ratna’s dilemma poignantly and is well supported by Vikram Gomber who plays Ashwin.

Ratna is a typical lower class Indian woman-a face lost in a sea of people. Widowed young she leaves her village to work in Mumbai as a domestic help. Her earnings supports not only her in-laws but also her parents. She is funding her younger sister Choti’s education. Ratna has her own dreams-to become a fashion designer someday.
Ashwin, a writer living in New York comes down to India when his brother fell ill. Subsequently he joins his father’s real estate business. His marriage with Sabina a family friend is in the cards. But something goes wrong and he calls it off.

Living under the same roof, Ratna’s and Ashwin’s interactions are completely that of a master and servant. She prepares his food and keeps the house. He leaves for work in the morning only to return late evening. Many times he does not have dinner at home either. Love was never intended, but gradually an intimacy grows between the two. Continue reading on THE FEMALE GAZE.

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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).