Lunchbox, The

An indie Indian pic with the crossover appeal of 'Monsoon Wedding'
-Jay Weissburg, Variety
The Lunchbox is a charming first feature that describes denizens of the sprawling Mumbai metropolis in a tender, ingenious tale of romance by correspondence
-Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
Cette romance culinaire est d’une humanité pleine de tendresse et pimentée d'une nostalgie qui se révèle euphorisante. Un vrai régal!
-Journal du dimanche
Mêle une délicatesse de romance aux fines épices de l’humour.
-L'humanité

Synopsis

Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes

Theatrical Release Date

Friday, March 21, 2014
Original Languages: Hindi, English
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 104 min
Year: 2013

CREDITS

CAST
Denzil Smith
Irrfan Khan
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nimrat Kaur
DIRECTED BY
Ritesh Batra

TRAILER


PHOTOS

Left to right: Nimrat Kaur as Ila and Yashvi Puneet Nagar as YashviPhoto by Michael Simmonds, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Nimrat Kaur as IlaPhoto by Michael Simmonds, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as ShaikhPhoto by Michael Simmonds, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Irrfan Khan as SaajanPhoto by Michael Simmonds, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
The Lunchbox Director Ritesh Batra. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Shaikh and Irrfan Khan as SaajanPhoto by Michael Simmonds, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to right: Irrfan Khan as Saajan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as ShaikhPhoto by Michael Simmonds, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Nimrat Kaur as Ila. Photo by Michael Simmonds, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Irrfan Khan as Saajan. Photo by Michael Simmonds, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Nimrat Kaur as IlaPhoto by Michael Simmonds, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Irrfan Khan as SaajanPhoto by Michael Simmonds, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics