I recently screened the movie Photograph. It is an Indian film, set in Mumbai. So often, these films concentrate on the back-breaking poverty that exists in India, as in Slumdog Millionaire. Or the adverse opulence that is also present, as in Hotel Mumbai. This film gives us more of a glimpse into the “middle class” and introduces an entire group of men who come in from the farming villages to earn money to send home. This story is about Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Lion), a tourist photographer that is under a great pressure from his grandmother, Dadi (Farrukh Jaffar) to marry. To placate Dadi, Rafi writes and tells her he has found someone. To make his tale more convincing, he sends along a picture of a young student that he had taken earlier that day. The student, Miloni (Sanya Malhotra, Dangal) is struggling with her own family’s expectations. When Dadi comes to visit, things get interesting. Their blossoming relationship opens them both up to ideas they had each not considered. This is a slice of life type of film. Writer/director Ritesh Batra’s first feature length film, The Lunchbox (Irrfan Khan (Puzzle) and Nimrat Kaur), was very well received. He also directed the books, Sense of an Ending (Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling (Red Sparrow)) and Our Souls at Night (Robert Redford (The Old Man & The Gun) and Jane Fonda (Book Club)) to the screen. All three movies are available on Netflix.
Our Rating for Photograph:
Official Synopsis for Photograph:
A struggling street photographer in Mumbai, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develop a connection that transforms them in ways they could not expect.
Photograph Q&A at Sundance 2019:
|Principle Cast||Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Farrukh Jaffar, Sanya Malhotra|
|Cinematographer||Tim Gillis, Ben Kutchins|
|Editor||John F. Lyons|
|Production Companies||Poetic License Production
Pola Pandora Filmproduktions
Skywalk Films (Line Production)
|Run Time||110 minutes|
|Premier||Sundance Film Festival 2019|