Photograph Reviews (Top Critics)

By Devesh Sharma (3.5/5)

Miloni (Sanya Malhotra) is a melancholic collegian who is gearing up for her CA exams. She takes a break with her family at Mumbai's Gateway Of India and meets Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) a street photographer offering polaroid snaps to the tourists. He lives in a shanty along with some other migrant workers and not only his roomies, but the whole locality comes to know that his grandmother (Farrukh Jaffar), who lives in another city, has stopped taking her medicines because he's not getting married.

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By Prahlad Srihari (3/5)

By taking a crowd-pleasing You've Got Mail-like setup and giving it a heartwarming Indian twist, Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox took the international film festival circuit by storm in 2013. It struck a chord with audiences around the world, surprising everyone with its simplicity and bowling them over with its charm.

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By Bollywood Hungama (2/5)

PHOTOGRAPH is the story of two people belonging to different strata of society who come together thanks to an unusual circumstance. Rafiq (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a photographer at the Gateway of India, Mumbai. He stays in a slum in a small room shared by 3 other people. Rafiq's grandmother (Farrukh Jaffar), based in his village in Uttar Pradesh, is old and is distressed by Rafiq's refusal to get married.

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By Umesh Punwani (3/5)

It's a love story not between just a man and a woman but also between us as an audience and the city shown in the film. A 'monumental' photographer (those who we meet outside the monuments) Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) clicks a very shy, introvert, in herself Miloni (Sanya Malhotra) outside Mumbai's Gateway Of India. He's not leading a very happy life because he's struggling with a loan, he does not have a lot of money, his grandmother stays ill and wishes to witness his marriage.

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By Vishal Verma (2.5/5)

A struggling Mumbai street photographer Rafiq (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), is under pressure to get married by his grandmother played by Farrukh Jaffar. Rafiq convinces a stranger Miloni (Sanya Malhotra) to pose as his fiance during a family visit. The click opens some frames on romance, relationships and self-discovery.

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The Times Of India
By Renuka Vyavahare (3/5)

Rafiq (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a struggling street photographer at Mumbai's Gateway of India, convinces a reclusive youngster Miloni (Sanya Malhotra) to pose for a picture. Their chance encounter leads to self-discovery and a fascinating tale of slow-burn romance.

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By Anupama Chopra (3/5)

Photograph is a meditative movie on a relationship that I hesitate to call love. It took me back to Gulzar Saab's beautiful lyrics in a song in the 1970 film Khamoshi. He wrote: Humne dekhi hai in aankhonki mehakti khushboo/haath se chhoo ke ise rishton ka ilzaam na do/sirf eshaas hai ye rooh se mehsoos karo/pyaar ko pyaar hi rehne do koi naam na do.

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By Nandini Ramnath (2/5)

The events that take place in Ritesh Batra's Photograph are as forced as its premise: a photographer who shoots visitors to Mumbai's Gateway of India monument persuades a vastly younger chartered accountancy student to pose as his girlfriend to deflect pressure from his grandmother to get married. Along the way, the two strike up a relationship that the movie hopes will be mistaken for love.

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By Lakshana N Palat (3/5)

Six years after the success of The Lunchbox, Ritesh Batra returns with Photograph, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra. Keeping to the tone of his previous films like The Sense of An Ending and Our Souls At Night, Photograph has a similar quiet and wistful streak that leaves you with something to think about at the end. The film speaks the most in its most silent moments and leaves you to your own understanding.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (2/5)

In the span of six years and four feature films (Photograph being the fourth and the latest), Ritesh Batra has become India's first genuine crossover filmmaker, with his work being feted both at home and overseas. 2013 film The Lunchbox, in which a middle-aged office drone and a young housewife form a heartwarming bond, proved that Batra was skilled at creating relatable characters who endeared themselves to us with their yearning for connection.

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By Priyanka Sinha Jha (4/5)

The film Photograph has already been a talking point at prestigious international festivals at Sundance and Berlin with several complimentary reviews, flagging it off as a festival film. Most films that fall in this bucket have the distinction of being feted at festivals and then receiving a mixed reaction on home turf.

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Hindustan Times
By Raja Sen (4.5/5)

They say the camera never lies. This is, quite obviously, a lie. The camera is a tool of glorification, vilification and investigation as much as it is an instrument of accuracy. Ritesh Batra's new film Photograph features a streetside photographer - one who sells the conceit that standing by a monument is itself monumental - and the film tells the story of a girl who allows her plainness to define her. One afternoon, a photograph flatters her. The lie is as white as the back of a picture.

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