Is Love Enough? Sir



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We have extensively talked about discrimination in India regarding all types of issues like caste, religion and gender. However class based discrimination and treatment is something most of us refuse to acknowledge even though it's hidden in plain sight. Everyone wants to maintain their status quo rather than invest in ideas that would generate class consciousness in the society.


'Sir', a feature film that was first screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 was released in the theaters of India in 2020. There have been several stories of romance that address class boundaries in the Indian cinema. And although 'Sir' might primarily look like clich├ęd story of a maid and a wealthy man who fall in love, it brings much more to narrative. The name itself, 'Is love enough? Sir' helps us concede that an invisible line is drawn when it comes to the social construct. It talks about the class difference in our society which is caused due the rigid social hierarchy present in India and how we justify ill treatment towards people by blaming it on their social status.

The movie tells the story of Ratna, who is a widowed domestic worker working for Ashwin, who returns from the US after breaking off his engagement. While both of them have separated from their partners, the film shows us a clear contrast between how they are treated due to the same. Ratna is forced to give most of her earnings to her in-laws as she is blamed by the society for the death of her husband. She is even stopped from wearing ornaments like bangles and is not allowed to enjoy the simplest of pleasures in life, while Ashwin receives full support from his family and his friends for the decisions that he makes. This highlights the prejudices present in our society against women even today. The film also conveys how the amount of problems a person has is not inversely proportional to the amount of wealth a person has. Ratna and Ashwin have their own issues and the narrator does not try to undermine any of them. Each and every person is entitled to their own dream, irrespective of where they come from.

'Sir' makes us understand the grim reality of our society and makes us feel the melancholy of knowing that something so unfair like a social hierarchy can be responsible for keeping two people apart, no matter in what context. It shows us that class divide exists no matter how liberal a household is. We recognize that maids and laborers are seen as merely people who get work done and not as people who have actual human emotions and thoughts and feeling just like any of us.


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