The Lunchbox (2013)

 ●  Hindi ● 1 hr 50 mins

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A mistakenly delivered lunchbox connects a housewife, Ila Singh, to Saajan Thomas, a lonely man in the dusk of his life. Ila lives in Dadar, the conservative middle class Hindu enclave, and Saajan lives in Ranwar village, Bandra, an old Christian neighborhood that is threatened by the new high rises in Mumbai. Very soon Saajan will retire and bid goodbye to a Mumbai that has crushed his dreams, taken away his loved ones one by one, and turned his hair white. Just then Ila comes into his life. In the big city, that crushes dreams and recycles them every day, both find a dream to hold on to. Ila begins a fantastical affair with a mystery suitor, pouring her heart into cooking meals for him. And Saajan looks forward to lunch box deliveries from a mystery woman every day. They exchange notes via the lunchbox and create a fantasy life. As the lunchbox goes back and forth, this fantasy becomes so elaborate that it threatens to overwhelm their reality. The characters of 'The Lunchbox' exist on the line between the Mumbai of reality and the Mumbai of fantasy. 'The Lunchbox' is the story of the life we dream of versus the life we live in, and of the courage it takes to turn out fantasies into reality.

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nimrat Kaur

Crew: Ritesh Batra (Director), Michael Simmonds (Director of Photography), Max Richter (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 20 Sep 2013 (India)

Tagline: Can you fall in love with someone you have never met?

Hindi Name: द लंचबॉक्स

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Did you know? Irrfan Khan (Saajan) was only seven years older than Nawazuddin Siddiqui, whose character (Shaikh) is the eager young office junior Saajan is training to replace him. Read More
Unless you taste this lunch you won't feel it's greatness. A feel good movie...

Lunchbox ( 2013)

I feel guilty for not eating this lunch
early.Happened to watch this Hindi epistolary film
today.A feel good movie .Casting is also superb
with great actors like Irrfan Khan & Nawazuddin
Siddique.Both are my favorites.Nirmat Kaur takes
up the role of heroine.I thought she would be
overshadowed by the great actors Irrfan &
Nawazuddin, but she surprised me.She played the
role of lonely wife excellently giving boldness &
dignity to her character.

Forgive me if you have already seen this.For those
who haven't tasted please taste it soon, because
you won't feel its greatness unless you taste it.
One of the only few indian movies with 90+% rating
on rotten tomatoes.
Rotten tomatoes-96%

Nuanced performances

Wished the movie had revealed what happened between the letter correspondents

as Akash Sinha
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24 fps
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2.35:1, 2.39:1 (Scope)
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Can you fall in love with someone you have never met?
Filming Locations:
When Saajan works in the canteen on behalf of Shaikh he has green marker in his hand. but when camera changes it turns into red. in the same scene Saajan holds red marker but when camera changes it turns into a pen.

When Saajan received lunch box for the first time there were four compartments of the lunch box. He opens only three compartments of the lunch box. but when camera changes it can be seen whole lunch box open.
To bring authenticity to the role and for knowing each other well enough to share the love and resentment among the couple as per the story in the film, Nimrat Kaur (Ila) and her onscreen husband Nakul Vaid (Rajeev) stayed at the same house as shown in the movie for weeks and spent days extensively rehearsing their part and adjusting to it prior to the other cast members even getting finalized.

Irrfan Khan (Saajan) was only seven years older than Nawazuddin Siddiqui, whose character (Shaikh) is the eager young office junior Saajan is training to replace him.