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Strangers accidentally meeting and getting drawn to each other despite belonging to evidently different worlds has forever been a tried-and-tested mould in movies. But then there are also those that furnish the same premise but filter it through such an authentic light that it makes for compelling cinema. And Ritesh Batra’s Photograph, which is our Lost and Found for today, is one such film.
The film stars Nawazzuddin Siddique as Rafiq, a polaroid photographer who makes a modest living, clicking tourists in Mumbai keen to get snapped with one of the city’s iconic monuments. When he chances upon Miloni, a young CA aspirant (played by Sanya Malhotra) at Gateway of India, he convinces her to get a polaroid shot. While she agrees, she leaves without paying or collecting her photograph. Now, Rafiq is left with her photograph, which triggers his imagination to consider several ‘what ifs’ and ‘why nots’. Where this one heads seems almost secondary to Batra’s intuitive style of storytelling which has us rooting for the lead pair through this film, even when things don’t seem to go their way.
Credited with moving, thought-provoking films such as The Lunchbox and Our Souls at Night, Batra has often managed to recreate people, circumstances and entanglements from a world we’re only too familiar with. And this is perhaps why his films seem so accessible and the characters often resemble someone you know or used to. Even the dialogue is minimal but packs a punch, leaving us hungry for more. Films like Photograph may not delve into life-altering situations but manage to elevate even mundane events to a point that everything seems just right and nothing hurts.
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