Ritesh Batra (2018)

15 Certificate


Our Score
India's class barriers come under investigation in this character study with a hint of romance, which sees director Ritesh Batra returning to Mumbai where he also made The Lunchbox. At the city's Gateway of India monument, hawkers like Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) persuade the tourists to pay for photographs that they print out as souvenirs, though accountancy student Miloni (Sanya Malhotra) wanders off without paying. They both see something special in the picture however, and when Rafi needs to persuade his pushy grandmother that he has a girlfriend, he tracks the girl down and she, remarkably, agrees to play along with the ruse. What follows is a deliberately paced affair, which hints at an undertow of affection between them, but also cannily sketches in all the class, caste and religious differences that might keep them apart. It's certainly engrossing, but perhaps too gentle to deliver much dramatic punch, until we reach an ending that asks us to consider how movies themselves can ingrain possibly unfulfillable longings in our daily lives.

Cast & Crew

Rafi Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Miloni Sanya Malhotra
Dodi Farrukh Jaffar
Kanti Bhai Sachin Khedekar
Saloni Brinda Trivedi
Sheilaben Lubna Salim
Director Ritesh Batra
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Other Information

Language: Hindi, Gujarati, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Artificial EyeGuidance: SwearingReleased on: 2 Aug 2019