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on 23 March 2016
A well done and well-acted movie. (Possible slight spoiler in this review). To me this would be the Bollywood version of an Indi movie. Thought the movie is very well acted it does move very slowly. Also what let this movie down for me was the ending. I am one those people who like the ending tie everything up, these open ended ending that appeal to the more artistic types where viewers speculate what happened just strike me as lazy or unfinished. If it was not for this ending I would definitely have given this movie 4 star.

Irrfan Khan plays Saajan Fernandez a lonely widower, with no connection to his co-worker or neighbours. He keeps himself emotionally distant. His life is very repetitive go to work on the train, come home tell off the neighbours’' kids, watch them eat as a family, and then make his own food and repeat. Just weeks away from retirement he meets Shaikh (Nawasuddin Saddiqui) his younger replacement who he has been asked to train before he leaves.

In another part of Mumbai Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is trying to inject (literally) some spice into her emotionally distant husband by cooking delicious food which is delivered to him at work by the Mumbai Dabawalla (lunchbox delivery system). Ignored by her husband and her only friend being the aunty living upstairs who helps her with her recopies and using the philosophy that the way a man’s heart is through his stomach. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at it in a rare mistake her lunchbox is delivered to Saajan.

After realising the mistake, and taking the completely empty lunchbox as a sign of enjoyment of the food, Ila and Saajan start communicating through letter. As their relationship grows they both discover that they want and deserve more out of life. I would have rated this movie good if the loose ends had been tied up or if the pace was a bit faster. If you are into the more artistic movies you will probably appreciate this much more than I did.
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I saw the very sad "Viceroy's House" at the cinema, and wanted to see a more cheerful film set in India. So I downloaded "The Lunchbox", and it did the trick. Set in Mumbai, it tells the story of how two people meet and interact via messages in a lunchbox.

Ila is a young wife and mother who prepares her husband Rajeev's lunch each day, and sends it to him via Mumbai's famous lunchbox system - where hundreds of lunchboxes are picked up from homes and restaurants, and get delivered to people's desks in office blocks. It's a bit like a postal system which handles hot food, and is famous for never going wrong. Well, in this case it does go wrong because Rajeev's lunchboxes start to be delivered to Saajan. He's about to retire, but starts conversing with Ila via written messages in the lunchbox, and the possibility of love opens up.

This is a nice film which paints a nice story and depicts modern India nicely.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 October 2014
Good hearted and well told, subtle 'dramaedy' about the on-paper relationship between a lonely, ignored housewife, and a grumpy older insurance case-worker who starts getting the lunchboxes meant for the woman's husband.

The two soon start writing letters back and forth, which are carried in the filled and emptied lunchbox, and an odd friendship develops. At the same time, the self-isolated insurance worker (Irrfan Kahn in a lovely, understated performance) starts to reluctantly form a friendship with an ambitious, poor young man who has been hired to replace him when he retires. There have been films using the gimmick of two leads having a non face to face relationship before (e.g. 'You've Got Mail'), but this is both quirkier and more low key. The focus is less on romance, and more on these two lonely souls simply getting to know each other, and to tell their stories to someone in a world where no one seems to care.

Nimrat Kaur does a terrific job as the lonesome housewife, as does Nawazuddin Siddlqui as the orphaned worker slowly taken under the wing of his older counterpart.

This isn't a film that will make you laugh out loud, or reduce you to tears. But under the excellent direction of first timer Ritesh Batra, this Indian "indie" film will touch your heart and make you smile as you slowly get to know these sad, sometimes foolish, often wise, and always very human characters.
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on 27 July 2017
It is very heartwarming flim.... Interesting to be aware of India and their culture... The lady made lunches for her husband but it goes to someone else, someone else was very impressive with her cooking... They start writing each other through their relationship's problems and leave notes in lunch box every day... It is warmth, loving, caring, funny, humourly, etc.. I did enjoyed watching this flim.... I donf find this scary... It is like writing to pen pal and you feel comfortable of each other stories...
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on 2 November 2014
Most people expect to be entertained by 'actors' when watching movies. There is an underlying understanding between audience and cast, that the actors are merely acting. This film breaks those boundaries. I felt a real connection with the 2 protagonists. After all that is what the films, arts and culture should be.
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on 11 April 2017
One of those lovely, understated dramas that manages to be heartwarming without being overly sentimental. I loved it.
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on 23 May 2017
Beautiful film. Witty and wonderfully shot - a real celebration of food too! I enjoyed this very much - a love story with a twist.
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on 18 July 2017
Great film
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on 18 June 2017
Excellent movie. Loved it.
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on 12 February 2015
Aunty! This is a fabulous film
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