Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox was marked by the unconventional romance between its lead characters. Continuing it is Batra’s new film Photograph, starring Nawazzudin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra.
Siddiqui plays Rafi, a travel guide who makes his living by clicking photographs of tourists. One day he comes across Sanya Malhotra’s Noorie from the Gateway of India in Mumbai. Other than their reclusive nature, there is no element of commonality between these two. The movie, very much aware of this fact, remarks this by making a character ask Sidiqqui if the two were actors and were shooting for a movie; how else could these two be together?
Towards the second half of the trailer, Siddiqui’s grandmother, who is eager to find a girl for him, is also thrown into this already strange mix. Siddiqui and Malhotra decide to pretend to be in love for the sake of his grandmother. At this point, the film treads an oft-beaten path. Yet, they are left with no choice as his grandmother has stopped taking her pills until she finds a woman for her. The city of Mumbai also becomes a character as the three are shown roaming around. The movie has been shot on location in the city.
After his stellar debut in 2013 with The Lunchbox, Ritesh Batra made two Hollywood films namely The Sense of an Ending and Our Souls at Night. Photograph is the director’s fourth feature film.
The movie premiered at both Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, The movie also features Farrukh Jaffar, Deepak Chauhan, Vijay Raaz and Jim Sarbh. Apart from Ronnie Screwvala, who is a co-producer on the movie, the film has an international crew.
The movie originally scheduled to release on March 8 will now release on March 15.
Watch the trailer of the movie:
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