The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox

3.7 1,176 Ratings

Directed by : Ritesh Batra

Release Date : | Length : 105 Minutes

  • Critics Rating 4.4/5
  • MJ Rating 4.2/5
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plot

The Lunchbox is a story that revolves around two main characters a house wife, Ila & an office worker on the verge of retirement, Saajan. Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kin...more

Verdict

“The Lunchbox is a wonderful film with splendid performances by Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. This movie is definitely worth devouring for breakfast, lunch and dinner!”


The Lunchbox Credit & Casting

Irrfan Khan

The Lunchbox Box Office

  • Gross: INR 20.85 cr.
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The Lunchbox Audience Review

Best film of the year so far...and makes you hungry 20 minutes in!

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Every once in a while comes a film thats so uniquely different that it brings an instant smile on your face when you walk out. Lunchbox is a romantic comedy (atleast I'd call it that), & packs in a whole lot of soul with it.

 

For the story, let me stick to what the promo shows you. Two individuals lives get entwined due to a mis-delivered dabba. Both of them start building a relationship over letters & eventually this gives meaning to their lives & a reason to wake up every morning. What happens of it is best witnessed in the theater.

 

Though I saw the film without an interval, at no point did I feel the need for one. The screenplay is sharp & draws you on right from the start. The climax too, is well written and leaves you wanting for just a little bit more. Rarely do you find a Bollywood film that underplays its emotions, which Lunchbox achieves.

 

Its very confusing to know who the real star of the film is. Is it the grumpy middle-aged man played effortlessly (yet again) by Irrfan Khan. Is it the housewife yearning for love by way of her cooking played with great intensity by Nimrat Kaur. Or is it the knockout performance by supporting actor Nawazzudin Siddique, who breathes life into an otherwise ordinary character?

I think its the writer-director Ritesh Batra, who takes a simple story & weaves it magically, making you root for his players & travel their emotional journey. His execution too, is emmaculate and whenever Irrfan smiles after eating something from that dabba, I feel his joy too.

 

There have been many people debating if this should be India's entry to the Oscars this year. To me, at this point there is no competition in sight. Do yourselves a favour this Friday & go watch this film thats all heart.. 

One thing that it surely will do, is make you hungry in the first 20 minutes and believe me it wont stop there.

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