MIFF review: Photograph


PHOTOGRAPH (110 minutes)

Forum, 8 August, 1.15pm

Sofitel, 18 August, 11am

From the director of The Lunchbox, Ritesh Batra, comes another sweet story of the delicate tendrils of romance pushing up between India’s paving stones of class and religion.

Rafi (the excellent Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a Mumbai street photographer struggling to compete with selfies; Milloni (Sanya Malhotra) is a middle-class accounting student so entranced by his picture of her that she walks off forgetting to pay for it.

Sanya Malhotra in Photograph.Credit:MIFF

Rafi is also besotted with the image, to the extent that he sends it to his grandmother pretending this unknown girl is his fiancee. Then his grandmother, who has never gone anywhere, decides to visit.

The ensuing game of pretend that becomes reality is the classic stuff of wacky romcom, but Batra plays it straight as a wistful story of longing.

Not fiery enough for some, too far-fetched for others, this little urban fairytale will please those who simply enjoy seeing happiness prevail.

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