watch later

like

have seen

remove

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.

Add your review

What did you think? Who should watch it?

Next up

More like this in

The Very Best

Hindi

Easy

Drama

Rushmore (1998)

7.9
Wes Anderson’s signature wit is on full display in this instant classic

watch later

like

have seen

remove

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
best
8.5

A watercolor, paradisal coming-of-age story about a teenage witch in training

watch later

like

have seen

remove

House of Hummingbird (2018)
best
8.0

A sensitive, autobiographical triumph on growth and girlhood

watch later

like

have seen

remove

In the Same Breath (2021)
best
8.1

A Chinese filmmaker's account of COVID-19 cover-ups and propaganda

watch later

like

have seen

remove

Yi Yi (2020)
best
9.0

Life goes on, beautifully and tragically, in Edward Yang’s magnum opus

watch later

like

have seen

remove

The Secret of the Grain (2007)
best
8.5

The saga of one immigrant's life in Southern France

watch later

like

have seen

remove

Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019)
7.0

A blockbuster portrait of love overseas

watch later

like

have seen

remove

Bagdad Café (1987)
7.0

A fun West German movie set in a route 66 motel

watch later

like

have seen

remove

Quo Vadis Aida? (2020)
best
8.2

A difficult and alarmingly timely portrayal of the Srebrenica massacre

watch later

like

have seen

remove

The Hand of God (2021)
8.0

A fun ode to Naples from Paolo Sorrentino

watch later

like

have seen

remove

© 2022 agoodmovietowatch, all rights reserved. While we migrate to our new design, all premium content and features are temporarily available to all users. Contact us if you have any feedback or questions.

We are home to the best movie and TV show suggestions across streaming platforms and across over 20 countries. Netflix, Amazon, Amazon Prime, and Hulu are trademarked brands, all rights reserved. We don't have any affiliation with Netflix or any other VOD providers. All images, names, and trademarks are copyright and the property of their respective owners.