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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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Can you fall in love with someone you have never met? 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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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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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Delicious Love Story
20 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

In an age when instant messaging, email, and various social media have made communication easier and quicker, debutant writer-director Ritesh Batra relies on scribbled notes tucked in tiffin boxes to deliver a charming, old-fashioned love story in The Lunchbox. There's a simple line in this sumptuous film that captures its essence beautifully: "Sometimes even the wrong train can take you to the right destination." It's a line that might help interpret the film's open ending, but one that also nicely sums up its unique premise.

I'm going with ten ratings for The Lunchbox. The greatest love stories are the ones that make you root for the protagonists to come together, despite their destinies. This film illustrates how love transforms the unlikeliest of people; it breaks down Saajan's walls and gives Ila the courage to fly. Treat yourself to The Lunchbox – it'll leave you with a craving to seek your own little happiness. Best film I've seen in a long time. Acting of Irfan 10/10 Film Rating - 10/10

I believe that this time LunchBox will surely make history in Oscars .


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