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The Lunchbox (2013)The Lunchbox (2013)

The Lunchbox (2013)

A love letter to Mumbai and a gentle, enchanting romantic drama

Drama, Romance

best
THE VERY BEST

8.9

movie

Canada, France

English, Hindi

Easy, Feel-Good, Heart-warming

2013

Ritesh Batra

Bharati Achrekar, Denzil Smith, Irrfan Khan

104 min

Synopsis

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system (Mumbai's Dabbawallahs) connects a young housewife to a stranger in the dusk of his life. They build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. Gradually, this fantasy threatens to overwhelm their reality.

Our Take

8.9
novelist

“Sometimes even the wrong train takes you to the right destination”. In this thoughtful feature film debut by Ritesh Batra, we follow a lonely Indian housewife, Ila (Nimrat Kaur), as she tries to come to terms with a cheating husband, a stale relationship, and a dying father, while seeking love, attention, and appreciation through her cooking. One day, she sends out a special lunch to her husband, but her delivery goes to the wrong address. Spicy food is complemented with a spicy note and thus begins an unlikely and unique romance through the letters she packs in the lunchbox day after day. The man on the receiving end is Saajan, a middle-aged office worker, played by Bollywood star Irrfan Khan. With its delightful characters and beautiful acting, this was a huge success in India, but there is no reason to believe that this bittersweet, Mumbai-based story couldn’t be a hit anywhere in the world.

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