Rent The Lunchbox (2013)

3.9 of 5 from 376 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
When Saajan (Irrfan Khan), an ill-tempered Mumbai office worker nearing retirement, is delivered the wrong lunch he is pleasantly surprised by the improvement in his food. The lunchbox had been intended for young housewife Ila's emotionally indifferent husband in an attempt to win back his favour. When he fails to respond to her efforts, Ila decides to enclose a note in the next meal and Saajan, his taste-buds tickled and his interest piqued, decides to write back...
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , Lokesh Raj, Sadashiv Kondaji Pokarkar, Aarti Rathod, Krishna Bai, Raj Rishi More, Santosh Kumar Chaurasiya, Swapnil Shirirao, Avijit Khanwilkar, Aakash Sinha, Xavier Hodges
Directors:
Producers:
Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Arun Rangachari
Writers:
Ritesh Batra, Vasan Bala
Aka:
Dabba
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
Bollywood, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Countries:
India, Top 100 Films, Bollywood, Comedy, Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/07/2014
Run Time:
101 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, Hindi
Subtitles:
None
Bonus:
  • Interviews with Ritesh Batra and Nimrat Kaur
  • Short film 'Cafe Regular, Cairo'
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/07/2014
Run Time:
105 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, Hindi
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Interviews with Ritesh Batra and Nimrat Kaur
  • Short film 'Cafe Regular, Cairo'

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Reviews (8) of The Lunchbox

Simply Brilliant - The Lunchbox review by DB

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A lovely movie, well made and well shot. A great story which eases you along with the flow of that great continent. What I particularly love about it is that it's a film about ordinary people, not the the usual run of the mill Indian spectacular film with riches abounding. Instead it's about a simple guy and a woman who increasingly finds that her marriage is not what she thought. The idea of corresponding through notes takes us back to earlier pre-email times. The hero displays all the doubts and fears of a man grown old who perhaps finds love in the unlikeliest of places. This is well worth watching in it's original form before Hollywood steals the plot and ruins it in the inimitable fashion of all their imitations.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Great little film. - The Lunchbox review by AF

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My wife and I went to India in January of 2014 for just over a couple of weeks. I t was a a whirlwind adventure. I have to say though this film depicts true indian hustle and bustle. A great love story with great actors. Watch it if you don't you will be missing out on a great bit of cinema.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

A masterpiece - The Lunchbox review by TD

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The rather unlikely theme of two ordinary Mumbai people being brought together through a lunch pack comes superbly to life in this film, depicting the interplay between, in the main, two very real yet distant characters. I was fascinated too by the insight into the efficiency of the working lunch delivery service in Mumbai.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

The Lunchbox (aka Dabba) review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso

It’s hard to dispel the notion that parts of foreign cinema will be confusing and undecipherable to some, it’s even harder to dispel those ideas in your own head and with The Lunchbox I went in expecting a film that would have a different idea of the modern romance thanks to its foreign setting. What I found however is stories like this carry across oceans and continents as love and friendship are at their core very human feelings and they all transfer with The Lunchbox being a testament to that fact.

The film follows Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a man who is on the verge of retirement but when he is one day given a lunch box containing food meant for someone else it starts a relationship he never thought he would have. When Ila (Nimrat Kaur) sends her food to her husband it is misdirected and sent to Saajan and the two start sending each other letters as they struggle with their own problems such as life after work and a distant husband. Together the two deal with their problems and find solace.

While the duo’s noticable age gap does seem odd and hard to navigate it actually transforms the film into a much more emotional and potent drama as it traverses the many issues between these two very different people as they attempt to reach the same page as each of them pushes through their various strifes. Khan is excellent as Saajan and his business like demeanour slips away nicely throughout the film adding more layers to his at first narrow minded character.

While the film never expressly treats Saajan and Ila as destined to be together or even right for each other it does feel open to the possibilities, the idea that kindred spirits exist regardless of place, time and consequences. The Lunchbox is really all about there being no stops to life and whatever position you find yourself in there is always a door or action that can cause irreparable harm or great joy, it’s just choosing which door to pick, leaving you hoping that Saajan and Ila pick the right one

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