Photograph movie review: Emotionally captivating but test your patience due to its pace.
Last Modified On: 18 March 2019 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
The film sometimes gets trapped into the arthouse cinema scenario due to long pauses, which makes the audience impatient.
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Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra
Photograph is set in Mumbai and the story talks about the two characters and their unconventional togetherness.
Ritesh Batra tried to give a different take to the same scenario which he used in his last film The LunchBox.
But here the situation looks little forced as its premise: a photographer Rafi who shoots visitors to Mumbai’s Gateway of India monument persuades a vastly younger chartered accountancy student Miloni to pose as his girlfriend to deflect pressure from his grandmother to get married.
If you have to consume into the film then you have to forgive this disbelief with the scenario of the film. Then the film looks poetic.
I liked the way the film used the retro song for the narrative which actually helps to cope up with the mood of the film.
It’s never a surprise that Nawazuddin character’s name is Rafi.
Sanya Malhotra gives a subtle and matured performance. Though her character is underdeveloped, there are suggestions of love for acting in school.
But mostly we see her parents dictating her life while she remains submissive and subdued.
Nawaz gives and astute performance, his expressions say it all without uttering any dialogues.
Pay close attention to the expressions in his eyes when he is near Miloni.
Farrukh Jaffar as the irrepressible dadi is commendable.
Pay close attention to the expressions in his eyes when he is near Miloni. There’s also Farrukh Jaffar as the irrepressible dadi – she’s spot on.
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Average Critic Rating:2.5 out of 5.0 based on 4 critic reviews.
Reviewed by: Saurabh S Nair | No rating in stars
Photograph is set in Mumbai and the story talks about the two characters and their unconventional togetherness.Ritesh Batra tried to give a different take to the same scenario which he used in his last film The LunchBox.But here the situation looks little forced as its premise: a photographer Rafi who shoots visitors to Mumbai’s Gateway of India monument persuades a vastly younger chartered accountancy student Miloni to pose as his girlfriend to deflect pressure from his grandmother to get married Read full review
The Times of India
Reviewed by: Renuka Vyavahare | Rating:
Though a complete stranger, for the well-being of his grandmother, Miloni pretends to be Rafiq’s fiancée. Societal, religious, academical differences aside, they slowly discover they have a lot in common, including their nature to bottle up emotions. Intimacy doesn’t have to be physical and relationships can lead to nowhere. They see each other in a world which has long overlooked their hopes, wishes and existence. Read full review
The Indian Express
Reviewed by: Shubhra Gupta | Rating:
2013 film The Lunchbox, in which a middle-aged office drone and a young housewife form a heartwarming bond, proved that Batra was skilled at creating relatable characters who endeared themselves to us with their yearning for connection. We could see us in them. Read full review
Reviewed by: Prahlad Srihari | Rating:
By taking a crowd-pleasing You've Got Mail-like setup and giving it a heartwarming Indian twist, Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox took the international film festival circuit by storm in 2013. It struck a chord with audiences around the world, surprising everyone with its simplicity and bowling them over with its charm. Read full review