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The Lunchbox (2013)
"Dabba" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  20 September 2013 (India)
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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 overview, first billed only:
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Ila
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Ila's Mother
Nakul Vaid ...
Rajeev
Bharati Achrekar ...
Auntie
Yashvi Puneet Nagar ...
Yashvi
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Mr. Shroff
Shruti Bapna ...
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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Can you fall in love with someone you have never met?

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Drama | Romance

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

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20 September 2013 (India)  »

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The Lunchbox  »

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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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India's official entry to the BAFTA Awards, 2015. See more »

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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. See more »

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Ila: Somwhere I read that the wrong train can lead you to the right station...
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

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Must enjoy the spicy curry in the LUNCHBOX
21 September 2013 | by (New Delhi) – See all my reviews

Must watch with a full stomach, else you'll have a watering mouth every five minutes while watching the plot. India is a country where we give utmost importance to food & family. This story, packed in a Lunchbox, comes to your table & gives you a flavor of Indian ethnicity & the emotions we go through in everyday life !

The overcrowded local trains, Harvard certified Mumbai Dabbawalas, Amidst busy working hours, an irritating yet likable junior And the best friend "Aunty" to a direction less housewife

All this should be enough to drag you to the cinema house & enjoy the spicy curry in the LUNCHBOX.


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