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Photograph (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 17 May 2019 (USA)
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A struggling street photographer in Mumbai, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develop a connection that transforms them in ways they could not expect.

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Ritesh Batra

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Credited cast:
Nawazuddin Siddiqui ... Rafi
Sanya Malhotra ... Miloni
Akash Sinha Akash Sinha ... Baanke
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdul Quadir Amin ... Amjad
Robin Das Robin Das
Shreedhar Dubey Shreedhar Dubey ... Raghu
Farrukh Jaffar Farrukh Jaffar ... Dadi
Sachin Khedekar ... Miloni's Father
Geetanjali Kulkarni ... Rampyari
Ashok Pathak Ashok Pathak
Lubna Salim ... Miloni's Mother
Sunil Shakya Sunil Shakya ... Sandwich wala
Saharsh Kumar Shukla
Denzil Smith ... Hasmukhbhai
Sanjay Kumar Sonu Sanjay Kumar Sonu ... Taxi driver
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Two lives intersect in Mumbai and go along together. A struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develops a connection that transforms them in ways that they could not expect. From Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox).

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A Film That Thrives On Silences!
17 March 2019 | by iamggnSee all my reviews

The city's love affair with unusual encounters is an element that sets it apart, and having stayed in Mumbai for over two decades, like most other Mumbaikars, there exists a set of people, and stories, and conversations that I keep going back to.

To story of Photograph focuses on one such peculiar encounter that eventually translates into an unexpected connection. Rafique and Miloni meet by chance, and a product of that moment gives them disparate reasons to meet again. The screenplay convincingly lets the viewers comprehend the circumstances the protagonists are accustomed to through little, insignificant instances; Ritesh Batra's tendency to not be too loud and lucid replenishes the cinematic narration with a pinch of exquisiteness. The role of supporting characters is vital, because it is their expectations that largely dictate the protaganists' actions. To argue that the plot is unrealistic may not be entirely authentic, especially because almost every decision that Rafique and Miloni resort to is bolstered by the desire to divert from what is usual, to avoid what is mundane. However, if the writer compulsorily asks me to point out an element that is unrealistic, I would probably tell him that it is impossible for a CA Inter student to take out time for such lengthy hangouts.

The entire cast is spectacular. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a natural, and it is phenomenal to witness him stick to his character throughout the run-time. Sanya Malhotra wonderfully portrays the introverted Miloni, who also harbors a quotient of curiosity. Farrukh Jafar as Dadi, and Geetanjali Kulkarni as Rampyari put up brilliant performances. Saharsh Shukla and Sachin Khedekar are impressive as well. Vijay Raaz, in an unpredictable role, is refreshing as ever. Jim Sarbh is decent. Ritesh Batra, who delivers a convincing comeback, is an artist that the industry must be proud of.

Photograph is a film that thrives on silences, and it is beautiful to acknowledge how, at times, they overcompensate for the absence of words.


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