Writer-director Ritesh Batra heads back to Mumbai, the setting of his 2014 debut The Lunchbox, for another story about two lonely people who become bewitched with one another after a chance encounter.

"In writer-director Ritesh Batra’s latest work, Photograph, Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays Rafi, a transplant from a poor village in northern India. In an attempt to repay an old family debt, Rafi works doggedly as a street photographer at Mumbai’s famed waterfront landmark and busy tourist attraction, Gateway of India. One day, Miloni (Sanya Malhotra), a shy, middle-class accounting student, wanders by and reluctantly agrees to have her picture taken. But she disappears without paying, and all that’s left is a winsome snapshot and a fleeting connection between two lonely souls.

“That is until Rafi learns that his beloved grandmother, Dadi (Farrukh Jaffar), who valiantly raised him and his sisters after their parents’ apparent death, has stopped taking her medicine in an attempt to force her long-single grandson to finally find a wife.

“Whether it’s a bluff or the real thing isn’t something Rafi wants to chance, so he sends Dadi the photo of Miloni with a concocted story about her persona and their ‘romance.’ But when Grandma announces a trip to Mumbai to meet Rafi’s ‘intended,’ the tale kicks into motion as he tries to track down Miloni and involve her in his scheme.” - LA Times


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