One of the nicest things about life is the way we regularly stop whatever we are doing and devote our attention to eating. For most of us, it is food first and then everything else. For other activities such as sleep, love and happiness to happen, you must dine well too. Imagine eating the same roti and daal everyday! We'd be sick of it and look forward to a fresh new meal.
It is the same in case of entertainment too. The regular masala
entertainers, romantic dramas, thrillers have all become too common
in the B-Town. However, this weekend will be different. A movie
titled The Lunchbox is going to increase
your hunger this weekend.
The Lunchbox which stars Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur and
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles will hit the theatres on
Friday, September 20. The movie's plot revolves around a love story
that takes place by exchanging letters through a dabba(lunch box).
This movie which is so unique will make way into your system this
weekend. It will fill up your voids in the stomach and heart
This epistolatory film directed by Ritesh Batra has already been
screened at two major international festivals - 2013 Cannes Film
Festival and 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and has
received outstanding acclaimations. The trailer and the posters of
the movie had already created a lot of eagerness among
The story is about Ila (Nimrat Kaur) and Saajan Fernandez( Irrfan) who exchange letters through the dabbawala service in Mumbai. This starts because of a mistake but eventually becomes a routine. In the beginning of the movie, we see that Ila cooking a sumptuous meal and actually sends a letter in the dabba to her husband but due to a mix up of the box, Saajan receives the same. Saajan is a widower and and on the other side, Ila is a lonely housewife. This story seems very interesting as the trailer itself asks a question of two strangers who have not met can fall in love with each other.
When it comes to Irrfan Khan, we seldom find any criticism against this talented actor. Like always, he has given the character what he deserves. He does not speak much in the movie and a lot is said through letters and emotions. Even his silence speaks out in this movie. On the other side of the dabba, we have Nimrat Kaur who has quite a lot of experience in theatre, she has given her best in this movie. The casting seems as though the actors were destined to act in The Lunchbox.
The Lunchbox is more than just a plain love story. The story goes beyond the usual Bollywood romances. Internet and social media have taken over us but this movie shows the lives of two people whose life is not invaded by the new media. It's a well knit plot that you will enjoy watching and it even takes us back to the times people used the postal services or exchanged chits regularly.
The film has balanced the emotions perfectly and will be loved
by the audiences. Debutant director Batra has done a fabulous job
by paying attention to tiny details and he has crafted them
beautifully. Like the lead actor Irrfan had recently said, The
Lunchbox is a complete dish.
We know you are hungry to know more about movie. So we have put
down a slide show which gives you detailed review, story, images
and more. Have a look the slide show below.
The film is set in Mumbai and a love story sparks due to a
mistaken delivery in dabbawala (lunchbox service) of
Mumbai. This leads to a relationship between Saajan, a lonely
widower and Ila, an unhappy housewife. They exchange notes through
the daily lunchbox everyday.
Irrfan Khan needs a standing ovation for this movie. He is
simply superb and does not over do his role at any point. His face
and the expressions show the loneliness he had as a widower. As the
story progresses, we see the slight blush that he has when he reads
Ila's letters. He has acted from within.
This movie shows that Nimrat Kaur has a long journey in
Bollywood or just in any other acting. When a person watches
The Lunchbox, they will be able to relate with her
character's emotions. She is so real in the movie and that is what
we love. It's not not always about glamour and the style
You put Nawazuddin Siddiqui in any role and he gets the best out
of the character. Here in The Lunchbox, he plays the role
of Shaikh and does not let us down with his amazing acting
Film Reminds Us Real Love
Irrfan Khan recently called his movie a complete dish. He said,
"It increases your hunger, both stomach's and your heart's. So it's
a complete meal. The director's style of telling the story is fresh
and new. It inspires you to fall in love, something that people are
forgetting these days. Love is becoming mechanical and
need-oriented. The film reminds you of the real love that
Appeals To All
The actress Nimrat tells us that the film slowly makes a place
in our systems. "There is a huge space in the film for the audience
to enter. There is a lovely sensation, which I felt when I saw the
film for the second time because the first time I got completely
lost in it. So it will appeal to anybody," said Nimrat.
Meant To Be A Documentary
Ritesh Batra who has previously made short films had initially
planned to make a documentary on the lunch box delivery system of
Mumbai- dabbawala. After doing more research, the director decided
to make it into a film.
While doing research on the topic, Batra had spoken to a lot of
Dabbawalas and he later even cast a few of them in the movie as
Fall And Rise In Love Said Karan Johar
Karan Johar who is also associated with the film is very happy
with the film. He said, "The Lunchbox is a love story that
makes you want to fall and rise in love. After having received
standing ovations across the world, we are excited about releasing
the film in its homeland."
Truly Universal Says Siddharth Roy Kapur
Siddharth Roy Kapur who is the CEO of UTV motion pictures says
the movie will be loved by Indian audiences too. "Ritesh Batra's
heart-warming film transcends language and cultural barriers and is
truly universal in emotion and appeal. We are confident that Indian
audiences will take the film to their hearts in the same way that
cinema lovers worldwide have done," he said.
The movie is 104 minutes long. We will surely update on the
Box-Office records of The Lunchbox.