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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.

Director:

Ritesh Batra

Writers:

Ritesh Batra (screenplay), Vasan Bala (hindi dialogue consultant)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Irrfan Khan ... Saajan Fernandes
Nimrat Kaur ... Ila
Nawazuddin Siddiqui ... Shaikh
Lillete Dubey ... Ila's Mother
Nakul Vaid Nakul Vaid ... Rajeev
Bharti Achrekar ... Auntie
Yashvi Puneet Nagar Yashvi Puneet Nagar ... Yashvi
Denzil Smith ... Mr. Shroff
Shruti Bapna ... Mehrunnisa
Nasirr Khan Nasirr Khan ... Ila's Father (as Nasir Khan)
Lokesh Raj Lokesh Raj ... Duke's Owner
Sadashiv Kondaji Pokarkar Sadashiv Kondaji Pokarkar ... Dabbawallah at Ila's House
Aarti Rathod Aarti Rathod ... Saajan's Neighbor
Krishna Bai Krishna Bai ... Toothless Woman
Raj Rishi More 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

20 September 2013 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lunchbox See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The song Dyanoba Mauli tukaram that the dabbawalahs sing in the train during the middle and at the end of the movie is in praise of Sant Tukaram and Dyaneshwar, who were the pioneers of Bhakti movement in Maharashtra. The song is a reference to the varkari tradition of Maharashtra. The word Mauli means mother, a fond moniker for the revered Dyaneshwar. See more »

Goofs

After his marriage, Shaikh tells Saajan that on their first train ride together he got into the first class compartment without a ticket. However, during their first ride the train seat seen is that of the second class. 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 Bollywood and Beyond: A Century of Indian Cinema (2015) See more »

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Must enjoy the spicy curry in the LUNCHBOX
21 September 2013 | by sonalijagwaniSee 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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