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Photograph
Original title:
Photograph
Slovenian title:
Fotograf
Section:
AVANTPREMIERES
Country, year:
India, Germany, USA, 2019
Length:
110
Directed by:
Ritesh Batra
Screenplay:
Ritesh Batra
Cinematography:
Tim Gillis, Ben Kutchins
Music:
Peter Raeburn
Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
Hindi,English
Voting code:
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Cast:
Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Rafi), Sanya Malhotra (Miloni), Sachin Khedekar (Kanti Bhai), Denzil Smith (Hasmukh Bhai), Brinda Trivedi (Saloni), Lubna Salim (Sheilaben), Rajesh Kumar Sharma (Fazlu), Shihaan Bakshi (Mohan), Akash Sinha (Banke), Seema Pravin Shende (Teller), Robin Das (Gafoor), Bhagwan Das Patel (Kulfiwallah), Ashok Pathak (Gopal), Amarjeet Singh (Bilal)
Awards:
Sundance 2019, Berlinale 2019, Sydney 2019, Edinburgh 2019

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Description:
Returning to his hometown Mumbai for this bittersweet romance, Ritesh Batra's sensitive portrait of life caught between tradition and progress calls attention to the stratification that still divides Indian society.
Rafi works hard to stay afloat as a photographer in Mumbai. Sharing his modest accommodation with other unmarried men, he sends his money home to pay off his father's debts and dreams of a better life. One day he takes a picture of a young woman in front of the Gateway of India - and from this moment on he can think of nothing else. Miloni is a model student attending a school for auditors and is headed for university. When Rafi's grandmother arrives, determined to marry off her grandson, Miloni agrees to masquerade as Rafi's girlfriend. As the two begin to meet more and more often, Rafi shows Miloni, who has led a sheltered existence, unknown facets of their city.

"India's in a very interesting place now. When I was growing up, and for probably centuries before that, people always thought as a family first. Recently, they have started to think of themselves as individuals rather than as part of a family. It's become one of the central conflicts in Indian life today. /.../ Both of these people are torn between that and putting their own desires first. I don't think the film says either one or the other way is right. That question is something I thought would be interesting to present to a wide audience." (Ritesh Batra)