Director: Ritesh Batra
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra
Written by: Ritesh Batra
PHOTOGRAPH is an unusual love story that is set in the backdrop of Mumbai. Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a photographer based out in Mumbai who makes his living by taking photos of tourists in India. He stays in a Slum in Mumbai and in a small room which he shares with three other people. His grandmother, based in his village in Uttar Pradesh is distressed with his refusal to get married. And as a sign of protest, she stops taking her medicines. To pacify his grandmother, he lies that he is in a relationship with a girl named Noorie. He even sends her a picture of her. But that picture however is of Miloni (Sanya Malhotra), a scholar from a Gujarati family. Rafi clicked a picture of her when she got separated from her family at Gateway of India. When she say her family searching for her, she left taking the photograph and without paying Rafi, who is in awe of her innocence and beauty. Rafi’s grandmother is so happy to hear that Rafi is seeing someone that she decides to come to Mumbai to meet him and Noorie. Rafi later meets Miloni and the persuades her to meet her grandmother once. Miloni later agrees and what happens next forms the rest of the film.
Like his earlier film, this is another slow burning will they – won’t they romance film. The film is light hearted and made up of small moments that come together to complete the film. The characters are interesting and how two different personalities have come together bound by a situation that has happened and it all comes together nicely in the end.
Technically, the film is great. Tim Gillis and Ben Kutchins’ cinematography is really good and they’ve captured the scenes quite brilliantly. Editing by John F. Lyons is good as well. The script written by Ritesh Batra is nice and what he has written has poured out nicely on the screen and it shows. The production design as well as the costume design are great too.
Performances wise, the film is brilliant. You don’t expect anything less than brilliant of Nawazuddin and he doesn’t let you down at all. He is great as usual, just another day another top drawer performance, nothing new. Sanya Malhotra proves to be an equal match to Nawazuddin with her stunning performance. Farrukh Jafar is likeable. Cameos from Jim Sarbh and Vijay Raaz are good too. Rest of the cast offer abled support.
Director Ritesh Batra, like his previous film LUNCH BOX has done a commendable job of making this film. He has made a lovely film which has a slight tone of sadness to it. He has brought out these two wonderful and lovable characters with this film and gotten out great performances from his actors to compliment the characters that he has written.
At the box-office
The film is a non-starter.