Director Rohena Gera’s debut feature film, ‘Sir’ produced by Inkpot Films, broke all stereotypes of Indian cinema with a story that explored the changing dynamics of a relationship between Ashwin-a affluent young man and Ratna-his live-in domestic help. In India where caste and position in society determines relationships, ‘Sir’ was much appreciated for its sincerity and honest narration.
‘Sir’ premiered in the Critics Week at Cannes (2017) winning acclaim. Gera became the first woman filmmaker to receive the Gan Foundation award as well as a prize at the Cannes Critics Week.
‘Sir’ joined the list of seven films selected by a committee from 1100 films. It also received the World Audience award at World Cinema Festival, Amsterdam in 2018. ‘Sir’ released in Indian theaters in November 2020. This January 2021, this independent film went global on Netflix winning hearts worldwide and topping the list in Netflix India within two days of its release.
Gera grew up in Pune (India) and went on to study at Stanford University and Sarah Lawrence College. She began as a screenwriter with the popular television series ‘Jassi Jaise Koi Nahin.’ After debuting in Bollywood as screenwriter with ‘Kuch Na Kaho’ in 2003, Gera directed and produced a documentary ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’ ‘Sir’ is her first feature film. Continue reading on THE FEMALE GAZE.
Mythily Ramachandran,Mythily Ramachandran is an independent journalist from Chennai, India with over two decades of reporting experience in leading Indian and international publications, including Gulf News, (UAE), South Morning China Post, Lifestyle Asia and Another Gaze (UK). When this crazy film buff is not watching films, she is snooping around for those little-known stories of human interest, which eventually find a place in well known publications.