BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: After having its world premiere at Cannes – Critics’ Week and travelling to over 45 film festivals, winning 16 awards, finally Rohena Gera’s debut feature, SIR, (Indian title ‘Is Love Enough? SIR’) starring Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber (of Court fame) is slated for a pan-India theatrical release on March 20.
The film is a story of a Marathi widowed domestic worker played by Tillotama, who finds a complicated romantic spark with her recently single employer Ashwin (Vivek), who’s just returned from the US after breaking off his engagement.
SIR has travelled to nearly 45 international and Indian festivals including AFI Fest Los Angeles, São Paulo International Film Festival, Beijing International Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival and has won 16 awards including, best film, best actress, best director and audience choice awards.
Is Love Enough? SIR is among the top five highest-grossing Indian films released theatrically in France including Salaam Bombay and Lunchbox.
The writer-director-producer, Rohena is absolutely thrilled to bring the film to her home country. “SIR is about fighting for a dream, and the film has become my dream come true. To have my first film in Cannes, and then to have it travel around the world from Brazil to Japan to Hungary to Israel… it’s beyond what I would have dared to dream. But that said, I made the film for India. It is an Indian story, it is about us. The fact that people abroad connected to it is a bonus. What I am so excited (and nervous) about is to see how people at home feel,” she said.
Ask Tillotama, who has acted in films like Monsoon Wedding and Hindi Medium, about her preparation for the role and she added, “It was a wonderful challenge to bring to life the delicate negotiations within Rohena’s script with my wonderful co-actors Vivek and Geetanjali Kulkarni. The subject matter of the film is so delicate that it was extremely nerve-racking and yet it is also what made it so rewarding. I had to learn Marathi for a few scenes. The effort to learn the language made me fall in love with Bombay a little more.”
Commenting on the theme, the film deals with she added, “We all believe in love but can we love across class? And if we can, how far can we take it? How far are we willing to fight the system, the prejudices? This film is about love, this film is about us with all our good and bad.”