Rafi works as a street photographer in frenzied Mumbai, snapping improvised portraits for tourists at the city’s landmarks. When his ailing grandmother—who has always hoped that Rafi would start a family—comes to visit, he scrambles to appease her. A chance encounter with kind-hearted and lonely Miloni offers the perfect opportunity, since she is happy to play along when Rafi asks her to be his pretend companion. Yet even as the scheme throws into sharp relief the class differences and obstacles that would stand in the way of such a union, the line between hypothetical and real affections grows ever hazier.

Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) returns to the Sundance Film Festival with a delicate tale of quiet romance, finding the beauty in fleeting moments of connection amidst the chaos of an increasingly isolating and stratified city. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra bring warmth and vulnerability to Rafi and Miloni’s bittersweet coupling, as Batra masterfully reminds us of the joy of sharing life’s small pleasures. The result is a tender ode to the rarity of true communion.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY Premieres


RUN TIME 110 min


SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Amazon Studio

EMAIL Julie.chappell@amazonstudios.com

PHONE (310) 573-2665


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Artist Bio

Ritesh Batra

Ritesh Batra’s debut feature, The Lunchbox, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week, screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for a BAFTA Award. He has since worked on Our Souls at Night, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, and The Sense of an Ending, with Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling. Photograph is his newest work. Batra has a passion for running, reading, and fountain pens. His favorite color is blue.