After the huge critical success of 2013 romance-drama The Lunchbox, Ritesh Batra went on to make Robert Redford-starrer Our Souls At Night and UK pic The Sense of an Ending. Presenting his next Photograph with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra in the lead roles, the film follows a struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, who convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develops a connection that transforms them both in unexpected ways.
The pairing is indeed unconventional presenting the two on the big screen for the first time. Talking about casting them, director Batra shares that, “Nawaz has a real innocence about him that he brings to the character, and Sanya has a way of saying things without words, she’s a very meticulous and detailed performer. So they fit these parts, I was lucky to find them.”
Sanya Malhotra, who was last seen in the blockbuster Badhaai Ho, will be seen essaying the role of an introverted college girl who tops in her studies; while Nawazuddin Siddiqui will mark his second association with director Ritesh Batra with Photograph. Divulging further details about the movie, he shares, “The movie is really about the corners of our heart that only others can help us find, and these 2 actors do a wonderful job of revealing and keeping things from us.”
The backdrop of the film is set in Dharavi, Mumbai. Where Nawaz is essaying the character of Photographer and Sanya Malhotra will be seen playing the role of an introverted college girl who tops in her studies, who was last seen in the blockbuster Badhaai Ho. The award-winning director's next film had a premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and also screened at the Berlin Film Festival recently. Written and helmed by Ritesh Batra, Photograph is presented by Amazon Studious in association with The Match Factory and is slated to release in India on 8th March 2019.