Photograph is a 2019 Indian coming-of-age romantic drama film written, co-produced and directed by Ritesh Batra. It stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra in the lead roles. The film follows a street photographer Rafi (Siddiqui), who tries to convince Miloni (Malhotra) to pose as his fiancee so that his grandmother stops pressuring him to get married.
The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and the European premiere at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. It was scheduled to release in India on 8 March 2019 but the date was pushed back and it released on 15 March 2019 to generally positive reviews from critics. It is scheduled for release in several countries including United Kingdom, United States, Spain, France and Australia later in summer.
The plot revolves around a struggling street photographer Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), based in Mumbai, who works day and night to pay off an old family debt. His grandmother (Farrukh Jaffar) wishes to see him married and constantly pressures him to find a suitable match. He convinces his grandmother by showing her a picture of a shy stranger, Miloni (Sanya Malhotra). When Rafi’s grandmother further prods to introduce her to his fiancé, he tracks down Miloni, a student belonging to a middle-class family. Rafi convinces her to fake their relationship, to which Miloni readily agrees. Despite the difference in their culture, status and economic background, the two form a unique bond. The film is a love letter to Mumbai, bringing the city out as a character sheltering the two protagonists and their extraordinary journey.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Rafiullah / ‘Rafi’
Sanya Malhotra as Miloni Shah
Farrukh Jaffar as Rafi’s dadi
Ramesh Deo as doctor
Vijay Raaz as Tiwari’s ghost
Jim Sarbh as tutor
Brinda Trivedi Nayak
Saharsh Kumar Shukla
Shree Dhar Dubey