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Photograph

Ritesh Batra

Ritesh Batra, director of DCA audience favourite The Lunchbox brings another gentle, sensitive love story to our screens with this tale of an unlikely romance that blossoms on the streets of Mumbai. Sweet but never cloying, Photograph also subtly tackles issues of class, age, and family duty with a sensitive hand.

"Carefully crafted and eloquent..." 

Struggling street photographer Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) works day and night to pay off an old family debt. His grandmother (Farrukh Jaffar) is pressuring him to get married, so to keep her quiet he shows her a picture of his supposed fiancé, Miloni (Sanya Malhotra). When his grandmother demands to meet her, he tracks Miloni – a younger woman who lives comfortably with her parents while studying to become an accountant – down, and convinces her to fake their relationship. Despite the differences in their culture, status and economic background, Rafi and Miloni form a unique bond.

Although the story might not be entirely new territory, Batra finds warmth and contemporary resonance in it, shading in the lives of both his lead characters with compellingly specific details that build up a sense of their separate worlds. Carefully crafted and eloquent on the often painful social and romantic barriers of colour and caste in India, Photograph explores the desire for human connection across such boundaries, shot against the city they share; the glowing, extraordinary Mumbai.