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Movie Review: Photograph

March 15th, 2019 | by vBollywood Author

Movie: Photograph
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Farrukh Jaffar
Writer: Ritesh Batra
Director: Ritesh Batra
Our rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Official trailer:

The film is a vintage romance with the beautiful city of Mumbai! Photograph conveys a lot of innocence. The strong performances by Sanya Malhotra, Nawazuddin and Farrukh Jaffar ma’am is phenomenal. The cinematography takes us to the ‘night we met’ Mumbai & the serene background score.

Similar to The Lunchbox, this Ritesh Batra film gives a similar feeling of being in a different universe. This is a love story not between just a man and a woman but also between those who love the city in the film. A ‘monumental’ photographer (those who we meet outside the monuments) Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) takes a very shy, introvert, Miloni (Sanya Malhotra) outside Mumbai’s Gateway Of India. He’s dealing with his own issues. Not leading a very happy life because he’s struggling with a loan, he does not have a lot of money, his grandmother stays unwell and wishes to witness his marriage. His grandma does not want to take her routine medicines because of him avoiding the marriage, Rafi sends over a photograph to her. This photo is of Miloni, who is asked to play along his little game of faking their relationship to the grandmother. Through all of this, they accept the fake connect of their relationship after eliminating the initial silence.

Ritesh Batra delivered a soulful treat with his previous The Lunchbox. Showcasing love for Mumbai, with the help of Tim Gillis and Ben Kutchins’ camera, Ritesh has showcased the ‘vintage’ part of Mumbai; which is overlooked by the true Mumbaikars. The simple approach of The Lunchbox, is seen here in Photograph.

Sanya Malhotra as Miloni/Noorie is great on screen! Playing Rafi, Nawaz seems to be a tailor-made role for him. The character shines his brilliant acting skills. Farrukh Jaffar as Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s grandma is the best in the film.

Ritesh Batra offers Photograph and excels an he follows his instincts making the movie visually appealing. The use of lights throughout different scenes is designed masterfully. Batra’s direction is effortless and smooth. Peter Raeburn’s melancholic music is great match for the narration. The background score is ideal to the scenes adding its magical touch.

Photograph releases today, on 15th March, 2019.

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