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After two satisfying 2017 English-language dramas, The Sense of an Ending and Our Souls at Night, director Ritesh Batra returns to his native India for this low-key, exquisitely shot love story. Fans of his 2013 breakthrough, The Lunchbox, will easily spot the similarities between that feature and this one: the lonely, repressed male protagonist; the younger pretty woman who yearns for agency over her own life; their class divide; and their meeting by coincidence in Mumbai, a city so densely populated (22 million and counting) that finding one's soul mate there is a near miracle. Nawazuddin Siddiqui stars as an itinerant street photographer barely eking out a living; Sanya Malhotra is the shy accounting student leery of her middle-class parents' matchmaking plans. After snapping photos of her outside a popular tourist spot, he passes her off as his fiancée to please his worried, fragile grandmother (Farrukh Jaffar), but she's sharper than she looks. Batra's fusion of a melancholy romanticism with a raw, edgy urban milieu is persuasive, but this too-languidly-paced film lacks the emotional payoff of The Lunchbox, and rising newcomer Malhotra is not yet in Siddiqui's league. In English and subtitled Hindi and Gujarati.

Credits

Director:

  • Ritesh Batra

Cast:

  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  • Sanya Malhotra
  • Akash Sinha
  • Abdul Quadir Amin
  • Robin Das
  • Shreedhar Dubey
  • Farrukh Jaffar
  • Sachin Khedekar
  • Geetanjali Kulkarni
  • Ashok Pathak
  • Lubna Salim
  • Sunil Shakya
  • Saharsh Kumar Shukla
  • Denzil Smith
  • Sanjay Kumar Sonu

Writers:

  • Emeara Kamble
  • Ritesh Batra

Producers:

  • Anish Savjani
  • Arun Rangachari
  • Cécile Tollu-Polonowski
  • Gaurav Mishra
  • Jeff Rowles
  • Martina Valentina Baumgartner
  • Michael Weber
  • Michel Merkt
  • Neil Kopp
  • Ritesh Batra
  • Sanjeev Mishra
  • Smriti Jain
  • Vincent Savino
  • Viola Fügen
  • Vivek Rangachari

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