Director Ritesh Batra, who captivated all of us with Lunchbox (2013), is back with his latest film Photograph starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra.
Photograph is all about Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), Miloni (Sanya Malhotra) and their so-called unusual love story. Rafi is a streetside photographer, while Miloni is a student so good that her picture is on the hoarding of a coaching institute.
However, there is an emptiness in both their lives and that's what draws them towards each other. In all of this, we have Rafi's grandmother (Farrukh Jaffar), who wants his grandchild to settle down.
To keep his grandmother at bay, Rafi sends her the picture of Miloni. The grandmother lands up in Mumbai wanting to meet the girl her grandson wants to spend the rest of his life with, and from here on begins come confusion, some fun and loads of heartwrenching moments.
Photograph is a film that you may find dull and boring as it moves at a very slow pace, at times even crawls. Ritesh Batra and his team have captured the essence of Mumbai beautifully, but at times the silence and pauses in the film are almost defining. In fact, at times the pace of the film will test your patience.
Both Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra have given their all to the film, but my heart went out for Farrukh Jaffar, who according to me is the star of this film.
Photograph has an old time charm, but then I really do not know if a film like this will have any takers. Do watch this film if you really want to see Mumbai captured beautifully because during the entire film you can actually hear the heartbeat of the city.
For me, Photograph is not a patch on Lunchbox, which according to me, had loads of depth, was profound and at the same time entertained.
Rating: Two Stars