The first trailer for the upcoming Marathi drama, titled Photo Prem, was released on Monday. The film, directed and co-written by Aditya Rathi, shows Neena Kulkarni, Amita Khopkar and Sameer Dharamadhikari in key roles.
The trailer offers an interesting glimpse into the world of Maee attending an elderly woman’s prayer meeting where a photo from her childhood is shown. This makes Maee fearful of her own future – what if she too is remembered like that after her death? And so begins her search for the perfect snapshot. There’s a tiny catch, however: Maee is photophobic.
So the question remains: will Maee be able to overcome her fear and, as a by-product, celebrate life more fully and capture the present moment, or will she live the rest of her life in fear of how she will be viewed once she is is seen? is gone? This is an interesting premise, but it can seem cheesy and clichéd if not handled with gentle, intelligent hands.
Director Aditya Rathi said of Photo Prem in a statement: “Photo Prem is an unusual story of a very common scenario that everyone can relate to. It beautifully shows the emotional and most often human side of a person, thinking about how the world will remember him when he ceases to exist. I’m excited to partner with Amazon Prime Video to reach audiences across the length and breadth of the country, beyond Marathi-speaking viewers. “
Neena Kulkarni added, “Photo Prem has such a nuanced and thoughtful storyline and it was a privilege to star in this film. The film shows one of the most innocent and purest emotions, and I’ve done everything in my power to do justice to the character. The quintessence of ‘Maee’ in Photo Prem deserves to be featured as widely as possible. It’s a movie for everyone and I hope it will be showered with the same amount of love that we made it with. “
Photo Prem will premiere on May 7th on Amazon Prime Video.