The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox

Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) leads this romance, where a mistaken delivery in Mumbai connects a young housewife to an older man. As they exchange notes to find the correct address, a relationship is triggered, built on the fantasy of their letters.

Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system transports thousands of meals every day from kitchens to offices. A Harvard University study found that just one in a million lunchboxes is ever delivered to the wrong address. This is the story of that one lunchbox. Ila, a neglected housewife, attempts to spice up her marriage by preparing a special lunch for her husband. When it is accidentally delivered to Saajan, a lonely widower on the brink of retirement, they exchange notes to each other to get to the bottom of the mistaken delivery. Their notes gradually evolve into a series of intimate little confessions.

2013Rating: PG104 minsIndia, Germany, France, USAHindi and English with English subtitles
DramaRomanceWorld Cinema
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Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

flicks

Let’s get a few ‘NOTs’ out of the way. The Lunchbox is NOT a Bollywood film. It is a romantic-comedy, but there is no dancing and no singing. It is Indian, but its story and themes are universal. Lots of the dialogue is even in English, for the subtitle-averse.

Even the wrong train...

Even the wrong train could lead to the right destination. The right love out of the wrong lunchbox is sweet and . melancholy The pity is at last the two protagnists still can't break the thin walls to dance the same ballet.

4.0

A window to another culture.

It's a great film in drawing us to understand a different kind of life, love, culture and food!

5.0

Pleasing

A nice story, soft watching.

3.0

Lovely stuff

A sweet, touching film about a lonely widower and a unappreciated wife. A real treat.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Batra adeptly plays on the tension of will they or won’t they meet, making good decisions based on character and situation rather than the need to uplift an audience.

Total Film

Total Film

press

First-time writer/director Ritesh Batra deserves credit for mining gently captivating drama from a pitch that could have just ended with passive-aggressive Post-its left on the office fridge.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The comedy is more wry than uproarious, the melodrama gently poignant rather than operatic, and the sentimentality just sweet enough to be satisfying rather than bothersome.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

By its final act, pressing home the most un-Bollywood message that life's often more complicated than the movies,it's assumed the feel and weight of a well-observed short story.

3.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Comes across as a crafty crowd-pleaser, but with a clever structure.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Charming and whimsical, it's a feast for the eyes.

4.0
Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

flicks

Let’s get a few ‘NOTs’ out of the way. The Lunchbox is NOT a Bollywood film. It is a romantic-comedy, but there is no dancing and no singing. It is Indian, but its story and themes are universal. Lots of the dialogue is even in English, for the subtitle-averse.

Variety

Variety

press

Batra adeptly plays on the tension of will they or won’t they meet, making good decisions based on character and situation rather than the need to uplift an audience.

Total Film

Total Film

press

First-time writer/director Ritesh Batra deserves credit for mining gently captivating drama from a pitch that could have just ended with passive-aggressive Post-its left on the office fridge.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The comedy is more wry than uproarious, the melodrama gently poignant rather than operatic, and the sentimentality just sweet enough to be satisfying rather than bothersome.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

By its final act, pressing home the most un-Bollywood message that life's often more complicated than the movies,it's assumed the feel and weight of a well-observed short story.

3.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Comes across as a crafty crowd-pleaser, but with a clever structure.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Charming and whimsical, it's a feast for the eyes.

4.0

Even the wrong train...

Even the wrong train could lead to the right destination. The right love out of the wrong lunchbox is sweet and . melancholy The pity is at last the two protagnists still can't break the thin walls to dance the same ballet.

4.0

A window to another culture.

It's a great film in drawing us to understand a different kind of life, love, culture and food!

5.0

Pleasing

A nice story, soft watching.

3.0

Lovely stuff

A sweet, touching film about a lonely widower and a unappreciated wife. A real treat.

4.0