Photograph's trailer, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra, has just released on YouTube and by the looks of it, Batra is treading the familiar path performances understated, yet impactful, like The Lunchbox.
Based in Mumbai, Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a photographer, who puts up shop outside the Gateway of India, urges Miloni (Sanya Malhotra) to get a photo clicked for herself. Miloni, who is slowly walking away, agrees. The shutter clicks and the story begins.
Miloni, a smart, young woman, is well on her way to becoming a CA. But something seems terribly off about her demeanor. She's unhappy with the current scheme of things or maybe she has been for quite some time, and the disinterest has just started to become apparent on her face.
Rafi, on the other hand, is not financially well off and adding to the pressure is the suggestion that he gets married, which, as we learn, his grandmother (Farrukh Jaffar) is arm twisting him into.
Rafi gives Miloni her photo from their first meeting and asks her to meet his grandmother, while she pretends to be his lover. Miloni concurs. It is up to the grandmother now to hitch them together, as they continue to pick up things about each other and themselves.
Batra has, yet again, tried to weave a story . An unusual friendship developing into something substantial. Maybe, maybe not. Can a Photograph tell us more than that?
Movie opens on March 15.