The Lunchbox

India/Ger/FR/US – romance/drama – PG – 105 mins
Director: Ritesh Batra
Writer: Ritesh Batra (screenplay)
Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Trying to add some spice to her marriage, Ila prepares a special lunch box to be delivered to her husband at work. However, it is mistakenly delivered to Saajan, a lonely man nearing retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunch box. Thus begins a series of lunch box notes between Saajan and Ila, and the comfort of communicating anonymously with a stranger evolves into an unexpected friendship. Their notes become confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardise both their realities.

One Response to The Lunchbox

  1. siteManager October 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    In an age when instant messaging, email, and various social media have made communication easier and quicker, debutant writer-director Ritesh Batra relies on scribbled notes tucked in tiffin boxes to deliver a charming, old-fashioned love story in The Lunchbox. There’s a simple line in this sumptuous film that captures its essence beautifully: “Sometimes even the wrong train can take you to the right destination.” It’s a line that might help interpret the film’s open ending, but one that also nicely sums up its unique premise.

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