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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:
... Saajan Fernandes
... Ila
... Shaikh
... Ila's Mother
Nakul Vaid ... Rajeev
... Auntie
Yashvi Puneet Nagar ... Yashvi
... Mr. Shroff
... 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

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

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Cine Mosaic | Official Site |  »

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Release Date:

20 September 2013 (India)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,542, 28 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,231,500, 12 September 2014
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The film was jointly produced by various studios including DAR motion pictures, UTV Motion Pictures, Dharma Productions, Sikhya Entertainment, NFDC (India), ROH Films (Germany), ASAP Films (France), and the Cine Mosaic (United States). 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

Saajan Fernandes: Nobody buys a lottery ticket expired, Ila.
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References Saajan (1991) See more »

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a movie to watch... must watch...
20 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Once Rabindranath Tagore says about 'short stories'...

"Simple events of life happy or sad,/ Some sad strings from the train of forgetfulness,/ Not fraught with heavy descriptions,/ Not crowded with events,/ No advice, no philosophy/ Only the feeling that the story is not yet over/ Although there is no more to read..."

'The Lunchbox' is a perfect example of a unique 'short story'. A little love story with some little events and pain... but at the end there is a new beginning.

The story is about a lonely old widower and a young neglected house wife. They connected through a lunch box and some letters, and share some emotional thought and experience of there daily life with each other. They are totally stranger to each other, but love has found out it's own way to enter.

There is a basic question about "Love"... 'Is it possible to fall in love between two strangers'? "The Lunchbox" defines it brilliantly... 'Love has no definition and it never follows any rules. So there is a possibility to fall in love with somebody whom we never meet. People loves to fall in 'Love' again and again, it may be someone we know or don't know or whom we already loved with'.

Irfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are acted very well through out the movie. Direction of Ritesh Batra is just too much perfect. After interval, the movie is a little bit slow, may be it's a situational demand. Overall it's an wonderful experience.

Lastly, the best part of the movie is 'The Ending'. "Only the feeling that the story is not yet over, although there is no more to read". There is something unspoken in this movie. It depends viewers to viewers, where they actually like to go with "Sajan & Ila".

Strongly recommend to all cine goers... please watch it...


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