Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ritesh Batra|
|Produced by||Ritesh Batra|
|Music by||Peter Raeburn|
|Edited by||John F. Lyons|
Poetic License Motion Pictures
|Distributed by||AA Films|
|Box office||est. ₹1.29 crore|
Photograph is a 2019 Indian coming-of-age romantic drama film written, co-produced and directed by Ritesh Batra. It stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra in the lead roles. The film follows a street photographer Rafi (Siddiqui), who tries to convince Miloni (Malhotra) to pose as his fiancee so that his grandmother stops pressuring him to get married.
The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and the European premiere at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. It was scheduled to release in India on 8 March 2019 but the date was pushed back and it released on 15 March 2019 to generally positive reviews from critics. It is scheduled for release in several countries including United Kingdom, United States, Spain, France and Australia later in summer.
The plot revolves around a struggling street photographer Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), based in Mumbai, who works day and night to pay off an old family debt. His grandmother (Farrukh Jaffar) wishes to see him married and constantly pressures him to find a suitable match. He convinces his grandmother by showing her a picture of a shy stranger, Miloni (Sanya Malhotra). When Rafi’s grandmother further prods to introduce her to his fiancé, he tracks down Miloni, a student belonging 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 film is a love letter to Mumbai, bringing the city out as a character sheltering the two protagonists and their extraordinary journey.
- Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Rafiullah / 'Rafi'
- Sanya Malhotra as Miloni Shah
- Farrukh Jaffar as Rafi's dadi
- Ramesh Deo as doctor
- Deepak Chauhan
- Geetanjali Kulkarni
- Sachin Khedekar
- Vijay Raaz as Tiwari's ghost
- Jim Sarbh as tutor
- Brinda Trivedi Nayak
- Denzil Smith
- Akash Sinha
- Saharsh Kumar Shukla
- Shree Dhar Dubey
- Amarjeet Singh
- Lubna Salim
Marketing and release
The film was selected in Berlinale Special section of 69th Berlin International Film Festival. The film was screened on 14 February 2019 for its European premiere at the festival. Photograph is slated to be released in India on 15 March 2019 as per new official poster unveiled on 14 February 2019. Amazon Studios are releasing the film on 17 May 2019 in United States. The official trailer of the film was released on 18 February 2019.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 76% based on 42 reviews, with an average rating of 6.51//10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Photograph enriches the familiar arc of its love story by refreshingly refracting its characters' budding bond through a sociocultural prism." Anupama Chopra of Film Companion gives three stars out of five and finds the film tender, meditative and poetic. She says, "The film is so quiet and so still in some parts, that you will get impatient. But it is evocative and its tenderness will stay with you."  Guy Lodge of Variety said that the film "has the same quiet streak of wistful sentimentality that made The Lunchbox so globally beloved — and, for that matter, the same softly-softly humanity found in his two subsequent English-language efforts." Caryn James of The Hollywood Reporter called it a "nuanced, slow-burn, will-they-or-won't-they romance" and noted that Batra "turns a story that sounds tired and goofy into a lovely film with a tone of tender sadness."
Fionnuala Halligan of Screen International noted that the film's "deliberate pace does bring some rich rewards for the patient viewer, while a lovely ending feels like a throwback to the old-fashioned big screen romances of yore." Rahul Desai of Film Companion praised Malhotra's performance and wrote: "The reason Photograph really works, despite an airy premise, is the character of Miloni, and especially Sanya Malhotra’s evolved performance." Prahlad Srihari of Firstpost felt that the film "fails to replicate The Lunchboxs magic and called it a "slow-paced dramedy that can't quite transcend its clever setup."
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- Ramasubramanian, Uma (25 October 2018). "Sanya Malhotra is excited about Photograph". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
- Chaudhuri, Mohini (4 December 2017). "Ritesh Batra On Wrapping His Film In Mumbai And Finding A Friend In Robert Redford". Film Companion. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
- "Before India, Nawazuddin's 'Photograph' To Premiere At Sundance & Berlin Film Festivals 2019". India Times. 18 January 2019.
- Bollywoodelfe [@bollywoodelfe] (14 February 2019). "Applause for @riteshbatra @Nawazuddin_S @sanyamalhotra07 in Berlin. #Photograph is a very sensitive film with sympathic Mr.&Mrs. Shy😊 #Berlinale I like it! (no paid review) t.co/pByyhVyLvc" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (14 February 2019). "Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra... #TheLunchbox director Ritesh Batra's new film #Photograph to now release on 15 March 2019 in India... New poster: t.co/XyJVclhOPm" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Photograph - Official India Trailer|Amazon Studios". Amazon Studios on YouTube. 18 February 2019.
- "Photograph". Amazon. May 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
- Chopra, Anupama. "Photograph Movie Review: A Tender, Meditative, Poetic Film". Film Companion. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
- Lodge, Guy (27 January 2019). "Sundance Film Review: 'Photograph'". Variety. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
- James, Caryn (27 January 2019). "'Photograph': Film Review: Sundance 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
- Halligan, Fionnuala (28 January 2019). "'Photograph': Sundance Review". Screen International. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
- Desai, Rahul (28 January 2019). "Slow-Burning Mumbai And A Leap Of Inter-Faith In Ritesh Batra's "Photograph"". Film Companion. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- Srihari, Prahlad (2 February 2019). "Firstpost at Sundance: Ritesh Batra's Photograph fails to replicate The Lunchbox's magic". Firstpost. Retrieved 3 February 2019.