'Photograph' doesn't offer the profound delicacy that 'The Lunchbox' served us in tue form of emotional wants. It was especially difficult to feel any sort of thrill throughout. But what decorates the film is its profound emotional core: you feel Rafi and Miloni, although their surroundings seem to be indifferent to them. Explore it in the cinemas for Nawazuddin and Sanya Malhotra who are worker up but still quiet nostalgically operative. Watch it for the portrait of that slow-burning city of dreamy eyes which we know as Mumbai. Watch it for the transcending realities of daily life. Watch it, because Ritesh Batra's offerings here are really seductive.
But for those who seek affectionate, warm, heartfelt and uniquely bound love stories, please, go with the least expectations but you might not get a lot of it, even then. The characters are not wondrous, and the scripting is as linear as the story, which, in itself, is quiet generic and unrealised.
Photograph is a film that almost feels like (a follow-up to) Batra's critically acclaimed The Lunchbox (2013). Two strangers meeting unconventionally in a fast city trying to criticize the fastness of the same city. The comparison may not be fair because no two films are same. But then again Batra's latest feature attempts to break that notion. TN.