Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one actor, who thinks outside the box and goes by his gut feelings. The ‘Manto’ actor just played the role of Shiv Sena founder and supremo late Bal Thackeray in ‘Thackeray’.


Now, Sundance romance-drama ‘Photograph’, from ‘The Lunchbox’ director Ritesh Batra, has been pre-sold to key markets for The Match Factory, we can reveal. Deals have closed in the UK (Curzon), Australia/New Zealand (Madman), France (Le Pacte), Germany (NFP), Greece (Seven), Hungary (Cirko), Italy (BIM), Spain (Vertigo), Switzerland (Filmcoopi) and Turkey (Filmarti).

The anticipated Hindi-language film, which debuts at the Utah fest this weekend before moving on to Berlin, follows a struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, who convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develops a connection that transforms them both in unexpected ways. The Mumbai-set pic stars ‘Dangal’ fame Sanya Malhotra and ‘Lunchbox’ alumni Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Producers include Batra, Viola Fügen, Neil Kopp, Michel Merkt, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani, and The Match Factory’s Michael Weber.  Amazon bought the US rights at an early stage and will also release in Japan and India. Batra tweeted this week that the film would be getting a theatrical release in India from March 8, 2019.

After the huge critical success of 2013 romance-drama ‘The Lunchbox’, Batra went on to make Robert Redford-starrer ‘Our Souls At Night’ and UK pic The Sense of an Ending.

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