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Photograph review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra’s endearing chemistry makes it a must-watch

Photograph review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra’s romantic drama leaves you with a deep sense of love and longing

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If you watched Ritesh Batra’s Lunch Box and fell in love with the film like most of us did, then the first question on your mind would be: ‘Is Photograph as good as Lunch Box or is it better or worse?’ Well, the film certainly carries the filmmaker’s unmistakable style. It’s again a story of hope, longing and love seeped in realism and trapped in a cacophony of urban living. As for the answer to the above question… well, read on.

What Photograph is all about? Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Milonee (Sanya Malhotra) belong to two completely different worlds – culturally as well as economically. The differences are too stark and they are effectively highlighted as the two go about their daily living almost resigned to the drudgery of their mundane lives. Rafi is a street photographer trying to make ends meet clicking people at Gateway of India and is living under the burden of a debt his late father had taken back home in the village. Trying to pay back that debt, he diligently sends all his earnings to his grandmother in the village. An academically brilliant Milonee, on the other hand, is shown to have given up all her personal pursuits and dreams – including that of becoming an actress – in trying to live up to the expectations of her parents. Having topped her CA foundation – her face even adorns the advertising hoardings of the classes she attends – she is preparing for her CA inter. A chance meeting with each other at the Gateway of India, when Rafi clicks a photograph of Milonee brings about a gradual change in their own lives. Frustrated and pressured by his grandmother to get married, he sends her Milonee’s photograph and lies about her being his fiancée and names her Noorie. The two shy strangers in trying to live up to that lie unexpectedly find happiness and reasons to look forward to each day.

Yay: Ritesh Batra as a director creates the two worlds very realistically. The claustrophobic room with a loud whirring fan where Nawaz resides with almost five other room-mates to the room where Milonee studies every night, and their cab travels – every frame transports you to their world. The cinematography is remarkable and the music is apt. The filmmaker’s eye for detail when it comes to bringing about the nuances of Rafi and Milonee’s budding romance is commendable. The supporting cast is impressive in every way.

Nawazuddin is one brilliant actor who is known to ace the game when it comes to showcasing his acting chops and it’s no different here. He makes Rafi his own so beautifully that you forget the actor behind the character. And complementing him perfectly is Sanya. The screen-firebrand surprises you with her shy demeanour and together the unlikely pair makes for the most endearing scenes onscreen. Sanya brings out the vulnerability of Milonee like a seasoned actress, although this was shot as her second film. Whether it is rendering onscreen a lack of choice when it comes to choosing even the colours of her own clothes or seeking simple joys with Rafi, Sanya lets her eyes and expressions do all the talking. Her equation with the domestic help, Rampyari – played impressively by Geetanjali Kulkarni – is beautifully presented.

The director taps into Rafi and Milonee’s world of unspoken relationship with confidence and brings out a heart-breaking story of longing, trust and glimpses of what is undeclared love. So, while Milonee is apprehensive about going to a coffee shop with her professor, she comfortably accompanies Rafi to his dingy one-room house without fear or hesitation. Their equation with the age-and-experience-wisened daadi with her – maa ka dil hai beta – is delightful too as is Rafi’s camaraderie with his room-mates. There are scenes that bring about laughter and provide enough light moments to balance the melancholic ache between the lead pair.

Nay: The pace is just too slow and drags at times. Unless you have a taste and passion of a cinema –connoisseur, you may find it to be a lengthy watch. The climax is ambiguous and certainly not one would expect. But if you follow the dialogue right before, it will leave you on an optimistic note depending on how you look at it. The detailed frames of realism may also not work for many.

CineBlitz verdict: Ritesh Batra’s Photograph is endearing and engaging both. While the climax may be a bit of let-down for the audience used to a decisive ending, there is a lot to be read between the lines of what’s said and lot more where it is unsaid. The chemistry between Nawaz and Sanya is what makes it a must-watch for the romance-buffs. It hooks you right from the word ‘go’ and not once do the actors step out of the character. This holds true even for the supporting cast. So, is Photograph better than Lunch Box? No, but the romantic-drama in itself is a different flavour that you may relish.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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My vision is to make India listen to uniquely new-age Indian music!’ : says Ranveer Singh

The actor’s label IncInk is giving India a new and unique fusion sound by mixing Bengali folk with rap/hip-hop*

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Ranveer Singh’s vision for his label IncInk is extremely ambitious. He is looking to promote and champion indigenous and new-age Indian music that celebrates the culture, diversity, and reality of our country. Ranveer’s record label IncInk, a passion project that aims to give a platform to raw talents from across the country to express their skills, will now give India a new sound to listen to by fusing Bengali folk with rap/hip-hop! In a new song titled Shwapon, sung by the label’s homegrown talent SlowCheeta, the singer is collaborating with renowned Bengali folk singer Dipannita Acharya. This track is part of rapper SlowCheeta’s debut EP for IncInk titled Rok Nahi Paayega

Ranveer says, “We formed IncInk to celebrate the glorious indigenous music of India in its various forms and we are thrilled to have had the opportunity to collaborate with renowned Bengali folk singer Dipannita Acharya who features in SlowCheeta’s new song Shwapon (dreams). It is one of my most favourite songs from our label and what makes this one special is the incredible confluence of rap and hip-hop with Bengali folk!”

Dipannita Acharya is a prolific artist in the genre of folk music. She identifies herself and her music as ‘Baul Anuragi’ and is hugely acclaimed for her soulful and stirring voice.

The superstar, who has founded IncInk along with Navzar Eranee, says this song truly represents what IncInk stands for – inclusivity and creative collaboration at the highest level. He says, “My vision was to make India listen to uniquely new music and sounds which are intrinsically new-age Indian and we are proud to present Shwapon to the world. It is definitely a moment for us as a label and we can’t wait for everyone to listen to this ripper of a track.”

Ranveer is a big fan of the talented SlowCheeta, whose real name is Chaitnya Sharma. The versatile actor relates to the rapper’s lyrics given their similar backgrounds. He says, “I have a special affinity for Cheeta. Rap artists are generally identified by the hood/gully that they’re from, and Cheeta and I share our code – 050! This boy is immensely talented. He’s got an easy vibe and laid back style and just when you get comfortable, he’ll throw something at you that you didn’t see coming. As easy-going as he is, he’s got aggression and grit and each one of his layers peels off bit by bit, revealing the multiple facets of the artist that he is.”

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Global Instagram handle follows Virushka, the only Indians to feature in the global icons list!

The video went on to become a huge success with over 150 million views in the first 24 hours!

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Power couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma recently became the first Indians to appear on social media platform Instagram’s popular ‘Take a Break’ series and it has come to light that the biggest social media platform in the world is also following them! The global Instagram handle only follows 67 icons of the world and Virat and Anushka have now joined the list – they are the only Indians across the globe who are being followed by the tech giant owned by Mark Zuckerberg.

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, who are called Virushka by millions of their fans are highly influential personalities in their respective fields and the duo have excelled in their respective careers in their own right and are an inspiration to many. In their latest IGTV video, they were seen quizzing each other and revealing some fun facts about them. The video went on to become a huge success with over 150 million views in the first 24 hours!bn

The couple joined global icons like Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, and Naomi Campbell, who have featured previously in the same ‘Take A Break’ series which gets the Instagrammers to take an in-depth perspective into the private lives of these untouchable and most-loved youth icons from across the globe.

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EORtV inks 2 series deal with Innovative Group

They sign award winning Mythri fame B.M Giriraj as Director

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Mumbai August 2020, EORtV’s premium subscription will start this September. The LGBTQ-focused OTT platform EORtV announces its content licensing association with South based, Innovative Group to produce two of it’s Original drama series. The two series that are a part of EORtV’s launch line-up in this deal are titled, ‘On the Rocks ‘and ‘Game of the Sexes’.

Renowned film and theatre director, B.M.Giriraj, has been actively involved in both fields for the past 17 years will be directing On the Rocks for EORtV. He has directed six films and three of them (Jatta, Mythri, Amaravati) have won the State, National and International recognitions. Mythri had the luminous cast of Puneeth Rajkumar, Mohanlal, Atul Kulkarni and music by maestro Isaignani Ilayaraja. He has written and directed 12 stage plays and acted in more than 2000 street plays. His novel Kathege Savilla has won the Sahithya Parishad award and his play Sugandhada Seemeyaache has won Nataka Academy award. He has also written and directed Karnataka government’s magnum opus Bharata Bhagya Vidhata, a dance musical based on the life of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar with 75 artists performing on stage and was staged in all 30 districts of Karnataka.

Mr. Saravana Prasad, the Promoter & Chairman of the Innovative Group, is a visionary leader and a leading name in the film & entertainment industry in South India. Upasana Mittal is Innovative Group’s CEO and Director. Engaged in film exhibition, distribution & production & entertainment .Innovative Group of Companies owns Innovative Film City. Situated in Bangalore, it offers extensive Studios & content production infrastructure and is a powerhouse of tremendous ideas & concepts. Over 500 films has been shot here and currently, they aim to produce films, reality shows and series in multiple languages including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil Telegu & Malayalam. The Group also provides state-of-the-art education in Filmmaking at its Innovative Film Academy.

The platform and the content house are keen to create new shows that showcase cutting-edge story-telling. Mr. Saravana Prasad of Innovative Group said, “We are glad to partner with EORtV and contribute to their original content strategy. Our relationship had begun when DrKaushik Izardar was in another company and we are glad that his team at EORtV also saw our potential to execute two shows for them. We hope this slate of two shows is just the beginning of a long and successful relationship with EORtV in our pursuit of creative excellence.”

Deepak Pandey, Executive Director of EORtV, said, “We are collaborating with the best talent in the industry on merit and are extremely happy to partner with Innovative Group for two series from our Original’s line-up.We believe in good story-telling. With viewers looking for compelling content, we are always looking to push the boundaries to get our content to them. Both series, ‘ On the Rocks ‘ and ‘Game of the Sexes’ will surely appeal to viewers across age-group, geographies and languages.

Directed by Giriraj, ‘On the Rocks ‘ is a contemporary interpretation of the way of life. Life which has been re-defined by present day youth. This is a story about three young women who come to Bengaluru from different parts of India to pursue their respective careers and end up as roommates. The three girls, Meghna, Aafreen and Shruti and the city, Bengaluru’s unique characteristics also play a central role in the story. They are all MBA graduates from a very reputed college in India and Shruti is a year senior to them. Known as the Director’s favorite, Shruti lands a plum offer at the campus and she’s already been living in Bengaluru for a year. Meghna and Aafreen are best friends and roommates in the same college from another batch. They get jobs in Bengaluru and start staying as Shruti’s roommates when she offers them a room in the spacious house she occupies.The show follows the lives of these three young, ambitious and starry eyed girls.

Most amazing aspect of the script is that it deals with the conflicting emotions in the personal lives of the characters and their pursuit for success in professional lives as they deal with the complex corporate structure.

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