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Photograph Movie Review

Release Date: March 15, 2019
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Akash Sinha, Denzil Smith, Sachin Khedekar, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Lubna Salim, Abdul Quadir Amin
Director: Ritesh Batra
Genre: Drama, Romance
Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

Love comes in different shapes and sizes and it is not constrained by the socio-economic limits imposed by the society. Photograph is one such movie that attempts to showcase potent love blossoming amidst all odds. In the age of internet and mobile apps, the movie comes across as a refreshing change, as the story makes limited use of present day technology paraphernalia.

Photograph is about two strangers, who belong to different communities and have different academic and financial background. Rafiq (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) works as a photographer at Gateway of India trying to hustle tourists into clicking their pictures, whereas Miloni (Sanya Malhotra) is a chartered accountant and comes across as a reclusive youngster. Their compatibility is against all odds, but after their chance encounter, they realize that they have plenty of things in common.

Photograph works at a slow pace, but that’s intended, as it attempts to show how relationships develop in real life. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has delivered one of his best performances ever and he is gaining mastery in his ability to say more with his silence and pauses than words can ever do. Sanya appears to be a bit underplayed in her role, which is probably because the finer nuances of her character are very difficult to define.

Photograph can be described as the antithesis of modern day ‘Selfie’ culture, where everything including love and relationships take place at an astonishingly fast rate. The movie can be a good watch for those who can appreciate the classic charm of slow-burn romance. Photograph also has an expertly done open-ended climax that you may find interesting.

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