An Unlikely Connection Forms in Trailer for Ritesh Batra’s ‘Photograph’

Written by on March 20, 2019 

One of the most soothing cinematic experiences at Sundance this year was Photograph, the latest drama from Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox). Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra, it explores a class divide as two unlikely strangers form a bond under a guise. Ahead of a May release from Amazon Studios, the first trailer has now arrived.

I said in my review, “Street photographer Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) makes a living snapping tourists in front of the Gateway of India. He has a simple sales pitch: the sun you feel, the wind you hear, and the people around you will be gone when you leave, but you can keep the feeling with a single photograph. This detailed attention to the environment is also the greatest strength of Ritesh Batra’s Photograph, a lush, willfully low-key romantic drama that explores the age-old tale of how the class divide is a barrier for what the heart may desire.”

See the trailer below.

A struggling Mumbai street photographer pressured to marry by his grandmother convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée during a family visit. Despite vast cultural differences, the pair develops a surprising connection that challenges their worldviews in a wistful and funny romance from Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox). Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra.

Photograph opens on May 17, 2019.

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