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The Lunchbox ()

Dabba (original title)
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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... See more »

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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 28 wins & 35 nominations.
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Saajan Fernandes
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Ila
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Shaikh
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Ila's Mother
Nakul Vaid ...
Rajeev
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Auntie
Yashvi Puneet Nagar ...
Yashvi
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Mr. Shroff
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Mehrunnisa
Nasirr Khan ...
Ila's Father (as Nasir Khan)
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
Santosh Kumar Chaurasiya ...
Autorickshaw Driver
Avijit Khanwilkar ...
Young Man in Train
Aakash Sinha ...
Autorickshaw 2
Xavier Hodges ...
Very Old Couple
Rosemary Hodges ...
Very Old Couple
Hubart Vossoaker ...
Neighbor's Family
Rosemary Vossoaker ...
Neighbor's Family
Flory Vossoaker ...
Neighbor's Family
Sebastian Vossoaker ...
Neighbor's Family
Quitira Vossoaker ...
Neighbor's Family
Baaburao Sankpal ...
Dabbawallah at Saajan's Office
Chandrakantha Rajani ...
Saajan's Office Staff 1
Kancha Karki ...
Saajan's Office Staff
Rajendra Dubey ...
Saajan's Office Staff
Narendra Arora ...
Saajan's Office Staff
Ashwin Desai ...
Saajan's Office Staff
Mahesh Mahadev Salavkar ...
Office Peon
Krishna Mandal ...
Office Peon
Calvin Desilva ...
Cricket Kid
Craig Narona ...
Cricket Kid
Kyeron Kandoria ...
Cricket Kid
Shubh Jadav ...
Cricket Kid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rita Sonal Panjatan ...
(voice)
Swapnil Shrirao ...
Duke's Waiter

Directed by

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Ritesh Batra

Written by

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Ritesh Batra ... (screenplay)
 
Vasan Bala ... (hindi dialogue consultant)

Produced by

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Gitika Aggarwal ... associate producer
Shahnaab Alam ... co-producer
Marc Baschet ... co-producer
Ritesh Batra ... executive producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher ... executive producer
Benny Drechsel ... co-producer
Nina Lath Gupta ... co-producer
Achin Jain ... co-producer
Smriti Jain ... line producer
Karan Johar ... co-producer
Sunil John ... co-producer
Siddharth Roy Kapur ... co-producer
Anurag Kashyap ... producer
Nitin Keni ... co-producer (as Nittin Keni)
Irrfan Khan ... executive producer
Cédomir Kolar ... co-producer
John F. Lyons ... associate producer
Guneet Monga ... producer
Sahab Narain ... associate producer
Arun Rangachari ... producer
Vivek Rangachari ... co-producer
Vikramjit Roy ... executive producer
Shivani Saran ... supervising producer
Ronnie Screwvala ... co-producer
Meraj Shaikh ... line producer
Karsten Stöter ... co-producer
Danis Tanovic ... co-producer
Shaan Vyas ... associate producer: AKFPL

Music by

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Max Richter

Cinematography by

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Michael Simmonds

Film Editing by

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John F. Lyons

Editorial Department

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Jean-Michel Petit ... colorist
Prerna Saigal ... post-production coordinator
Olivia Stewart ... script collaborator

Casting By

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Seher Latif

Production Design by

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Shruti Gupte

Set Decoration by

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Akshi Kapoor

Costume Design by

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Niharikha Bhasin Khan ... (as Niharika Khan)

Makeup Department

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Serina Texiera ... makeup designer (as Serena Tixeira)

Production Management

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Sachin Agarwal ... location production manager
Naved Farooqui ... unit production manager
Dilip Gupta ... assistant production manager
Sumit Gyanchandaney ... unit production manager
Rahul Jadhav ... production manager
Raj Rishi More ... assistant post production manager
Shah Naimish ... syndication servicing and operations senior manager
Agarwal Sachin ... location production manager
Raut Shweta ... assistant production manager
Anna Vilgelmi ... post-production manager (as Anna Wilhelmi)
Avinash Viswanathan ... post production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Avijit Khanwilkar ... second second assistant director
Raj Rishi More ... assistant director
Ashish Ranglani ... second assistant director
Prerna Saigal ... first assistant director
Neema Sharma ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Ramesh Birajdar ... sound mixer
Michael Kaczmarek ... re-recording mixer
Tom Korr ... sound editor / sound effects editor
Markus Krohn ... foley editor
Stephan Läufer ... sound effects editor
Michael Nagel ... assistant sound editor
Peter Sandmann ... foley artist
Sudesh Sidhu ... boom operator
Janne von Busse ... foley editor

Visual Effects by

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Sultan Bal ... fx artist
Vinay Chuppal ... visual effects supervisor (as Vinay Singh Chuphal)
Yarlagadda Ganapathi ... compositor
Abhishek Goel ... senior di producer: Filmlab
Aziz Merchant ... compositor
Vishal Parmar ... sr. compositor
Prasad Patel ... senior compositor
Manoj Sakesh ... visual effects artist
Parikshat Tyagi ... compositor: Futureworks (as Parikshit Tyagi)
Anuj Upadhyay ... digital compositor
Nilesh Uttarwar ... compositor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rubb Bhungdawala ... gaffer
Siddharth Diwan ... additional cinematographer
Sanjay Kumar Kesari ... first assistant camera
Afzal Khan ... dolly grip/grip
Fazal Khan ... key grip
Sidharth Meer ... digital imaging technician
Vaza Sanket ... digital camera technician

Casting Department

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Shubham Gaur ... casting assistant
Girish Sharma ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mallika Chauhan ... costume supervisor
Tasneem Khan ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Naved Farooqui ... location manager

Music Department

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Henning Fuchs ... composer assistant

Other crew

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Manpreet Bacchhar ... manager
André Des Rochers ... production counsel
Neo Juris Gitika Aggarwal ... legal advisor
Mandy Goldberg ... director of development
Varun Gupta ... Marketing Manager
Achin Jain ... executive producer: akfpl
Parth Khurana ... Production Intern
Richard Lormand ... publicity: International
Emily McEvoy ... creative executive: Cine Mosaic
Lauren Mekhael ... finance executive
Arnab k Middya ... Marketing and Promotion
Raj Rishi More ... research and development
Prakash Nathan ... marketing: distribution & syndication
Chinni Nihalani ... creative director: promo campaign
Abdul Rahim Shaikh ... production accountant
Bhavyanshu Singh ... production Intern
Chandan Singh ... production accountant
Anusha Srinivasan ... Media Strategists
Anita Surendran ... legal services

Thanks

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Gyula Gazdag ... special thanks
Ilyse McKimmie ... special thanks
Lauren Mekhael ... thanks
Marten Rabarts ... special thanks
Michelle Satter ... special thanks
Jinal Ketan Shah ... thanks (as Jinal Shah)
Alesia Weston ... special thanks

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Can you fall in love with someone you have never met? See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Lunchbox (India, English title)
  • The Lunchbox (France)
  • Lunchbox (Germany)
  • The Lunchbox (United States)
  • Saveurs indiennes (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 104 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Aged 46 at the time of the movie's release, Irrfan Khan (Saajan) was only seven years older than Nawazuddin Siddiqui, whose character (Shaikh) is the eager young office junior Saajan is training to replace him. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015). See more »
Quotes Saajan Fernandes: When my wife died, she got a horizontal burial cot... I tried to buy a burial cot for myself the other day, and what they offered me was a vertical one... I've spent my whole life standing in trains and buses... now I'll even have to stand when I'm dead!
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