13 June, 2021

To ‘Sir’, With Love

Over the years, playing marginalised characters have made her hyper-aware of not letting her give in to any tired cliches of claiming authenticity, says Tillotama Shome

To ‘Sir’, With Love

Tillotama Shome as Ratna in Sir and how playing marginalised characters have made her hyper aware of tired cliches of authenticity…excerpts from an interview with Lachmi Deb Roy

Ratna in Sir

I met director Rohena Gera at a farmers market years ago when our res­pective partners had their stalls there. Mine was selling coffee and hers was selling cake. Little did I know that coffee and cake would lead us to Sir! I received the script of Sir years later during the shoot of A Death in the Gunj. As I read it, I was filled with trepidation for the characters. By the time I finished reading, I was left with a palpable feeling of guilt that comes from being educated but not truly liberal. I was guilty of the same class-bound prejudices that the film turns its gaze on. I just had to be a part of the film and turn that discomfort and guilt into something redemptive, if possible.

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