The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra is back with its next release ‘Photograph’ after six years that stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra in lead roles. The director blockbuster movie in the past has made everyone’s hopes high from Photograph. Although he is known for his storyline and the beauty he portrays while capturing the shots.
The film offers a streak that leaves you with something towards the end of the movie and the silent moments in the film will leave you with your own understanding.
Like any love story, the director has tried to make it different and he has been successful in some parts of the film. Photograph is based on an unusual love story between a photographer named Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and a reserved student, Miloni (Sanya Malhotra). Rafi meets Miloni at Gateway of India while he was clicking pictures as his daily part of the routine. He insisted her to get a picture clicked and she decided to get a picture clicked and leaves without paying.
The interesting part that follows is that they do not know each other’s name but there is something that has brewed between them that leaves us opens to our own understanding.
Another interesting happening that follows afterwards is that Rafi’s grandmother wishes to see him married and constantly pressurizes him to find a suitable match. He convinces his grandmother by showing her a picture of a shy stranger, Miloni. When Rafi’s grandmother further pokes to introduce her to his fiancé, he tracks down Miloni, a student who belongs to a middle-class family. Rafi convinces her to fake their relationship, to which Miloni readily agrees. Despite the difference in their culture, status and economic background, the two form a unique bond.
The hesitant and unsaid love story that begins between the two is the highlight that makes them find comfort with each other in a world that has never understood their hopes and emotions.
The fact that they both are opposite to each other and still a connection is brewed between them is something which portrays the beauty of Ritesh Batra’s filmmaking.
Although the filmmaking is apt still you need to have patience and a good understanding with the film. The director gives a reality check of if we are free to love by what we are and where we belong. The director doesn’t aim to show what binds them together rather he shows where they can go if it is heading somewhere.
The performances are amazing in the film because this is what you expect from Nawaz and Sanya Malhotra picked up the pace in the second half of the film.
Altogether the film is a onetime watch and will leave you with utmost longing, nostalgia and wistful feeling. Altogether the film is not something that everything would appreciate but will sum up saying that you can love it or hate it but you can’t ignore it.