The Lunchbox

The LunchboxDirector: Ritesh Batra
Language: Hindi with English subtitles & English
Country: India
Awards: 23 including Best Film: India Filmfare awards
Rating: PG for thematic content and smoking.

Mumbai housewife Ila is trying to add some spice to her marriage through her cooking. She prepares a new recipe for her neglectful husband’s lunch. Trusting it as usual to the intricate system of cycling dabbawallas, the impossible happens. It is mistakenly delivered to Saajan, a lonely bureaucrat on the verge of retirement played by Irrfan Khan. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox. This remarkable film explores the unexpected and challenging consequences of Saajan’s decision to write back.
“Enormously warm and subtle, Irrfan Khan [Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire] is just a dream to watch.” – NPR

“The sense of place – bustling, teeming modern Mumbai – is superbly realized.” – Time Out

“Delicately judged, beautifully acted, recommended to romantics of all ages.” – The Express

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