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The Lunchbox (2013)

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A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ila
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Ila's Mother
Nakul Vaid ...
Rajeev
Bharti Achrekar ...
Auntie
Yashvi Puneet Nagar ...
Yashvi
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Mr. Shroff
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Mehrunnisa
Nasir Khan ...
Ila's Father
Lokesh Raj ...
Duke's Owner
Sadashiv Kondaji Pokarkar ...
Dabbawallah at Ila's House
Aarti Rathod ...
Saajan's Neighbor
Krishna Bai ...
Toothless Woman
Raj Rishi More ...
Ila's Brother
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Storyline

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

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A Feel-Good Movie That Touches The Heart. See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 2013 (India)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$44,542 (USA) (28 February 2014)

Gross:

$4,231,500 (USA) (12 September 2014)
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Aged 46 at the time of the movie's release, 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. See more »

Goofs

Two characters refer to a saying that one Indian rupee is five Bhutanese rupees. The exchange rate of the Bhutanese currency, the Ngultrum, is one Indian rupee, not five. If the saying is about purchasing power, it is an exaggeration: numbeo.com estimates the cost of living in Bhutan's capital is about 75% that of Mumbai. See more »

Quotes

Ila: Somwhere I read that the wrong train can lead you to the right station...
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Connections

References Raja Hindustani (1996) See more »

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Subtle, simple and refreshingly fresh
20 September 2013 | by (Bombay, India) – See all my reviews

The first glimpse of the movie , promises you that it is't a 'just another regular bollywood movie', its refreshingly Fresh and New.

The beauty of the entire film lies in the subtlety, whether be it the story, the the actors, characters their mannerisms(when their lips quiver on getting excited, their long and deep searching eyes, the half smiles on the edges, when Ila first time presumes her husband to have an extra-marital affair). Again all of these things are very much there without they saying it explicitly so.

Very rarely you come across a movie that moves at a comfortable pace, not trying to either rush or stagnate itself at any point. The TG for this movie is definitely not people across all age groups as the producers claim, but it's specially for those who are happy or contented without searching for that something extra in their everyday lives. It doesn't talk about any extra ordinary accomplishments of individuals, nor does it talk about destiny, life or happiness. It just talks about very simple human behavior, when it comes to falling in love.

The end may or may not disappoint you...its very subjective(personally I was a lil), but yea you can tailor your apt end based on whether you are a optimist or a pessimist.


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