It started with letters in The Lunchbox and now Ritesh Batra takes us on a journey that starts with a Photograph.
Batra's sophomore Bollywood project is yet another story set in the busy city of Mumbai; the essential supporting cast member of both Batra movies. Nawazuddin plays a photographer who sends his monthly savings to pay of a loan and keep his grandmother happy. Sanya Malhotra is a CA foundation course topper who is prepping for her next exam.
A photograph later and a request to pose as his potential bride, Sanya's Maloni & Nawazuddin's Rafi find themselves confused about their feelings for one another. Batra is a master at playing with the audience's head and feelings. It's open to interpretation as always.
is at his best. It's difficult to fathom that he is the same guy who played Bal Thackeray a few months back. His portrayal of a man who is trying to keep his grandmother happy and at the same time finding it difficult to express his love for a stranger seems so effortless.
's character may well be the most soft-spoken and shy person you have ever come across in reel and real. This is without doubt her best role so far. Pataakha takes 2nd place.
, Vijay Raaz, Sachin Khedekar appear in minor roles. Sarbh may be getting typecast but he is so good at what he does.
Photograph is no Lunchbox and it may appeal only to a nicher audience. But it's difficult to ignore Batra's focus on the little things. Observe how the camera focuses on certain people/objects throughout the movie (a subtle shout-out to the title of the movie). Watch Photograph if you love Mumbai, Batra's signature style and a subtle & slow-paced take on love. I don't think it will have long run at the theatres, so give it shot as soon as you can.
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