Photograph (2019) is a Hindi,Gujarati,English movie. Ritesh Batra has directed this movie. Nawazuddin Siddiqui,Sanya Malhotra,Sachin Khedekar,Denzil Smith are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2019. Photograph (2019) is considered one of the best Drama,Romance movie in India and around the world.
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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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.
This movie is the most peaceful I've ever witnessed and I'll ever witness. Must watch!
I really was hoping to meet Nawaz at the festival to discuss this with him :-p . Will have to wait for his next official selection here at Sundance I guess. But him not being here in Utah was covered by the quality of cinema that was produced by Ritesh here. It didn't leave an impact as strong as Lunchbox I thought, but was still a spectacle to watch. The reason I compare it to Lunchbox is also because the core of both the films seems to be originated from the same idea. But as this film progressed, it did find its own original voice. Since there wasnt anything spectacular in the story itself, the reason this film worked was the shear genius in screenplay. The detailing was insane in this one. The screenplay really allowed me to learn so much about the world and its characters in an organic way. The screenplay was augmented by some amazing cinematography skills that was used so well to describe the character motivations rather than merely putting up pixels on screen. The direction was amazing too which helped create some really intimate moments in the film. Another amazing aspect about this film was Sana's character. It had the same premise that Imtiaz tried to do with Jab Harry Met Sejal, but Ritesh was able to add so much depth to the character. The amazing behind the camera execution was also matched by spectacular acting on screen, especially by Nawaz and Sana. The only slight issue I had with the film was that the drunk scenes between the guys that felt a bit forced at times. But other than that, Photograph was an absolute treat to watch. P.S. The ending was so thoughtful and beautiful too. It helped me stay with the film for the whole weekend. I really want to watch it again soon.
Ritesh Batra('Lunchbox') has done it again. This movie is about the budding romantic relationship between characters of two completely different backgrounds and the director is successful in capturing the nervousness, the newness and the hesitance of a growing relationship. The film has little dialogue, similar to real life situations like these, and focuses on capturing gestures. Nawazuddin has encapsulated the essence of a common man in a plain, subtle way like he always wanted to on-screen, and Sanya, is absolutely amazing in her calm, composed and measured performance of Miloni. Farrukh Jaffer as Dadi really binds the whole movie, and gives us the light-hearted laughs that any romantic story should have. Not to give anything away, a lot of moments are open to interpretation, including the ending which gives a feeling that you are listening to a love story, and you will be able to relate with most of these moments. It captures the essence of Mumbai, which is always refreshing, and reflects on the cringe of class and color which is kind of inherent in our society. Go watch it, probably with your mom, she'll love it.
An intriguing movie, that keeps a viewer involved throughout making them guess about what's next. the appreciable part of the movie is the cinematography that has been successful for the execution of the masses of life in Mumbai. The life and expectations from life of a struggling street photographer to , the expectation a middle class female is expected to meet is laudably executed. the pace of the movie might bother the viewers expecting quicker events in the movie. but the charm of the movie is in its pace. the details it emphasizes on would make a viewer feel as if they are actually observing a real daily life conversation. the acting of both the leading actor is absolutely convincing but the justice has been done by Farrukh Jaffar as the grandmother of the lead Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) a lot more have been expected out of the movie after the trailer, let alone one might be convinced despite the expectation. This piece of art is worth a watch.
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