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By Gitanjali Chak Email By Gitanjali Chak
November 2013
Movie Review

The Lunchbox

Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Director: Ritesh Batra
Music Director: Max Richter (original music)

The Lunchbox is food for the soul, a movie whose aroma wafts straight into your heart and whose aftertaste lingers on in your memory long after you have left the theater. Is this really Ritesh Batra’s first film?

This winsome movie is about two lonely individuals who form a bond because of a wrongly delivered lunchbox by Mumbai’s famed dabbawallas. Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan) is a taciturn widower on the verge of retirement while Ila (Nimrat Kaur) plays a neglected housewife who cooks up delicious recipes to try and get closer to her indifferent husband (Nakul Vaid). The unusual love story between Fernandes and Ila develops solely through notes scribbled and tucked away in the tiffin box. They never meet.

With The Lunchbox, Irrfan Khan adds another terrific, nuanced performance to his amazing repertoire. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the garrulous Aslam Shaikh, a younger officer poised to take over from Saajan, is absolutely endearing in this somewhat funny role. The relatively unknown Nimrat Kaur makes her Ila so believable with her natural talent. You can’t help but feel for her. The intriguing persona of the ever helpful Deshpande auntie (Bharati Achrekar, just heard, not seen) has been woven beautifully in the screenplay.

So do not miss this unique piece of cinema that gives love a whole new flavor.

However, you may not like The Lunchbox if you don’t like food!


1. Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai (Phata Poster Nikla Hero)
2. Shuddh Desi Romance (Shuddh Desi Romance)
3. Lungi Dance (Chennai Express)
4. Tum Hi Ho (Aashiqui 2)
5. Badtameez Dil (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
6. Dil Ka Jo Haal Hai (Besharam)
7. Sawaar Loon (Lootera)
8. Tum Tak (Raanjhanaa)
9. Jeene Laga Hoon (Ramaiya Vastavaiya)
10. Zinda (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)



1. Grand Masti
2. Chennai Express
3. Shuddh Desi Romance
4. Besharam
5. Phata Poster Nikla Hero
6. The Lunchbox
7. Satyagraha
8. Aashiqui 2
9. Madras Café
10. Raanjhanaa


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