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The film set in Mumbai, revolves around a mistaken delivery by the Dabbawalas (lunchbox service) of Mumbai, which leads to a relationship between an about to retire, Saajan, also a lonely widower and an unhappy housewife, Ila as they start exchanging notes through the daily lunchbox.

Starring:
Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Lunchbox

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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Lillete Dubey, Nakul Vaid, Bharati Achrekar, Yashvi Puneet Nagar
Director Ritesh Batra
Genres Romance
Studio Artificial Eye
Rental release 14 July 2014
Main languages English, Hindi
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Lillete Dubey, Nakul Vaid, Bharati Achrekar, Yashvi Puneet Nagar
Director Ritesh Batra
Genres Romance
Studio Fusion Media Sales
Rental release 14 July 2014
Main languages Hindi
Dubbing English
Subtitles English

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10 of 10 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Madge #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Aug 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We bought this DVD as we both have an interest in India. The film which is set in Kolkata is very engaging in the sense that there are lots of insights into Indian culture and society plus a fair bit of humour too. The casting, filming and acting are excellent and the film quickly builds a sense of atmosphere. The core storyline centres around a mix up in the daily "tiffin carrier" lunch deliveries and a consequent exchange of letters and "relationship" that results from that. As another reviewer points out there are several sub-plots that run alongside that too.

The film is, in my opinion, quite intricate and detailed - if you miss just a few seconds of it that could impair your understanding of the whole plot. Without creating a spoiler, I'd give this film four stars because, somehow the "feel good" factor is missing, and I found the ending a bit flat. I'd hoped that given the billing including the press comments reproduced on the packaging of the DVD that it would be a bit more uplifting, for example, like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Having said all of this, this is still a worthwhile and entertaining film to watch.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 April 2014
Format: DVD
"The Lunchbox" (2013 release from India; 105 min.) brings the story of Ila, a house wife stuck in an unhappy marriage. She makes her husband's lunch meal every day, and it gets delivered through Mumbai's famous dabbawalla (an intricate delivery systems). Somehow a mistake is made and the lunchbox is delivered not to her husband, but to Saajan, a widower. Soon Saajan and Ila start communicating back-and-forth through handwritten notes left in the lunch box. Then Ila finds out that her husband is having an affair. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the feature debut of writer-director Ritesh Batra, and what a debut he gives us! Second, the film addresses many different themes in fine fashion, including of course what constitutes true love but also true happiness. At one point Ila writes to Saajan that she wants to move to Bhutan, "because they don't have Gross Domestic Product, but Gross National Happiness, and people are always happy there". There are several parallel secondary stories in the movie, including Saajan being asked to train a newcomer at work, and also Ila's family, with aunts and uncles, and the responsibilities of taking care of older parents. Third, the film, shot on location in Mumbai, gives a glimpse of what life is like there. I haven't had a chance to visit it yet, but would very much would like to at some point. Fourth, the acting performances, in particular from the 2 leads (the beautiful Nimrat Kaur as Ila and Irfan Khan as Saajan) are outstanding. Last but not least, there is a nice soundtrack, composed by veteran UK film composer Max Richter.
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Valjean 24602 on 3 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
What a lovely ‘art-house’ film this is and if you’re not touched by this, or fail to have a little smile on several occasions during , then you really do have a heart of stone and need to take a long look in the mirror and re-assess your life?
Set in Mumbai’s claustrophobic, organised chaos, the realities of life for the poor and even those with a steady job are laid bare.
I have always said that to have a great film you need great characters, the more the better!
Saajan is a conscientious and long standing admin’ claims’ inspector for the government. It appears that since his wife died he has become a rather overly- ‘serious’ character, with little place for humour or compassion in his life?
IIa is a very attractive housewife with a truly beautiful little daughter. She spends most of her day at home cooking and chatting to her aunt. Her marriage is not what it was and her husband has seemingly lost interest in her. She is trying hard to rekindle their relationship.
Shaikh is a trainee at Saajan’s workplace, he’s street wise and flies by the seat of his pants but it’s the only way he knows how to get on?
This is a great little movie .It’s essentially about how receiving a little bit of attention ( something that had been missing in their lives) can give you a much more positive outlook on life and something to really look forward to and to treat seriously.
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