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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 Tasty Surprise! 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

In order to bring authenticity to the role and for knowing each other well enough to share the love and resentment among the couple as per the story in the film, Nimrat Kaur (Ila) and her onscreen husband Nakul Vaid (Rajeev) stayed at the same house as shown in the movie for weeks and spent days extensively rehearsing their part and adjusting to it prior to the other cast members even getting finalized. 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 »

Quotes

Saajan Fernandes: I think we forget things if there is nobody to tell them.
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a movie to watch... must watch...
20 September 2013 | by senaruniSee 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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