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The Lunchbox Movie Review: An Out Of The Box Love Story

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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 too.

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 audiences.

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

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.

Nimrat Kaur

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 quotient.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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 skills.

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 exists."

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.

Real Dabbawalas

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 well.

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.

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