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Directed by Rohena Gera

India, France 2018 96 mins. In Hindi, English, Marathi with subtitles

Shy domestic servant Ratna (Tillotama Shome), having moved to Mumbai from the countryside in search of opportunity, works for wealthy architect Ashwin (Vivek Gomber), a reserved yet confident man who has just been abandoned at the altar. While the two are from very different backgrounds—and thus castes—they nonetheless share the worldview that one’s dreams should be pursued and fought for. Ratna, having become widowed at 19, now seeks a career as a master tailor— traditionally a field dominated by men—whereas Ashwin, fresh off heartbreak, is at a crossroads. Where these individual stories meet, first-time feature director Gera (who previously worked in documentary) shapes a sensitive, tender story about star-crossed love in an unwaveringly modernizing world. Classically-styled and delicate in the best sense, this thoroughly character-driven film is a breath of fresh air.

Filmography: What’s Love Got to Do With It? (2013)

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