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  • Actors: Nimrat Kaur, Irrfan Khan
  • Directors: Ritesh Batra
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2014
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JLHIY38
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,382 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a Mumbai office worker nearing retirement is delivered the wrong lunch by a dabbawala. Young housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) had intended it for her emotionally indifferent husband. To Saajan's surprise, the food is a vast improvement on his usual meal. When he finds a note from Ila enclosed with another meal, he decides to write back. So begins Ritesh Batra's exquisite comedy-drama.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blood on 21 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
“The Lunchbox” is just what I needed. It’s a movie that not only restores my faith in the genre of feel-good dramas, but it reinforces the fact that something simple isn’t always a bad thing (and can actually be pretty powerful). From the cinematography to the acting, I can’t complain, and that’s pretty rare. But somehow, the ingredients that make up this delightful little movie never falter. There wasn’t a moment that I would’ve changed, especially when it comes to the original way our two main characters meet.

Their sweet relationship begins due to a mistake in Mumbai’s lunchbox delivery system. Ila, a young housewife, takes up the task of making her husband’s lunch each day and unexpectedly, it’s not getting to him. She spends hours and hours making a wonderful feast but it ends up going to Saajan, a widowed man who works in an office, by accident. She decides to send him a note in the lunchbox one day and they begin communicating back and forth, turning a simple mishap into something beautiful.

And honestly, it’s one of the most sincere films I’ve seen in a long time. It doesn’t feel the need to be in any way grandiose, keeping a quiet and reserved tone throughout (with some comedy sprinkled in at the perfect moments). Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur (who play Saajan and Ila) are absolutely superb, playing off of each other perfectly in every scene.

And what’s even more miraculous is that all of this is coming from a first-time director. It has the style and confidence of a film made by someone with years of experience, and I have to commend Ritesh Batra on his outstanding work. It would be a crime if this doesn’t receive a nomination for ‘best foreign-language film’ at the Oscar’s this year.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 April 2014
Format: DVD
I had not heard of Mumbai's labour intensive dabbawallah system for delivering to men at work the lunch boxes often prepared by their loving wives, but a recent trip to India had made me aware of the noisy, polluted, gridlocked chaos of its urban streets. In this tale, lonely housewife Ila finds that her delicious lunches, intended to rekindle the ardour of her neglectful, workaholic husband, are somehow reaching the desk of an equally lonely insurance claims clerk on the brink of retirement. Their ensuing correspondence, made more frank and poignant by the fact that they have never met, explores both the pathos and the potential simple joys of daily life. In the process, we see and learn a good deal about life in modern India, which, beneath the film's many comical moments seems rather sad: men grow old strap-hanging to work on overcrowded public transport, and those in work seem to have to work too hard for relatively little. Are such pleasures as mouth-watering food and colourful wedding celebrations enough to compensate for this?

Some of the plotting is a little unconvincing, but the impression of Indian life is authentic. Ritesh Batra, the director, was wise to steer clear of Bollywood romance in favour of a slower paced, lower key but moving and thoughtful film, which despite moments of sadness leaves the audience feeling positive.
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Format: Blu-ray
Watched this on a flight back to the UK, delightful film. And a wonderful insight into Indian culture at the same time.

No it isn't dazzling or spectacular but it is different and that is what makes it an interesting film.

It is all about how a lady who is in an unhappy marriage and who prepares who husbands lunch every day ends up communicating with someone she has never met via notes in the lunch tins that have been mixed up.

Full of 'will they' 'won't they' plus the development of the relationship of the man with the young man who is due to take over his job when he retires.
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Format: DVD
Ritesh Batra’s debut ’The Lunchbox’ is a delightful film set in Mumbai, India. Saajan (Irrfan Khan) is a grieving widower who is counting down the days before his retirement as a government pen-pusher. His favourite time of day is when he receives his lunchtime lunchbox, courtesy of the legendary Dabbawala service which delivers millions of lunch boxes every day.

One day, the food delivered is far superior to the food he normally receives. It turns out that this delicious lunchbox was made by a bored housewife called Ila (Nimrat Kaur), who is trying to win back her disinterested husband. When they both realise whats happened, they strike up an unlikely relationship through letters. Initially venting the frustrations in their lives, the letters become increasingly personal and they decide to meet.

Batra explores this friendship through these letters, unearthing the insecurities in both characters, especially Saajans alienation from life since his wife’s death. They both use these letters to expose their failings, and perhaps to demystify them too. The letters help to engage and disengage themselves from each other, allowing them to make life-changing decisions which they may not have been able to do otherwise.

Saajan also unravels a fondness for the person who will eventually take over his job, Shaikh (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). His pained demeanour hides for the most part his sadness, with Shaikh and Ila aiding his rehabilitation back to some sort of normality. Some great performances are led by Irrfan Khan, giving yet another excellent character study. ’The Lunchbox’ is a delicate, charming drama showing the positive effects food can have on people, and how anyone of any age has something to offer others in those moments of lonliness. In these fast-paced times, these simplest of pleasures still provide the most nourishment.
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